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HISTORY 


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HUBBELL    FAMIL"^, 


CONTAINING  A 


GENEALOGICAL  RECORD. 


BY 

WALTER   HUBBELL. 


ALSO 


BIOGRAPHICAL  SKETCHES,  DEEDS,  WILLS,  INVENTORIES, 

DISTRIBUTIONS  OF   ESTATES,   MILITARY 

COMMISSIONS,  OBITUARIES, 


AND  MUCH  ANCIENT  HISTORICAL  INFORMATION  RELATING 

TO    THE  FAMILY  AND   NAME. 


FIRST  EDITION. 


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CONTENTS. 


JOFTHE  FAMILY  AND  NAM K. 


ilOGRAPHICAL  SKFHVHRS. 
ning  Itecdn,  Willn,  [nvenluriFH,  [>!«- 
onx  <if  EOMt*,   Military   Commiy- 
Obitiinrie)>,  etc. 

(ubbell 

«r  ('am|>l«ll  llLlb]>cll i 

a  Sidney  Hilbl>eli, I 

lubbell 1 

llout  Hubbell i 

uWiell, 

Hiibbell, 

Ljmna  IliiliMl '1 

>bell 1 

B  H.ibl>ell. i 

Hiiblwli,  -■ I 

BcDJnmiii  HiihWil I 

ibelln  Hiibi>eil : 

Unbbell, 

Hubbell. 

lubbcll 

liibWll 

r  Hiibbfll 

Hiibtx-il, ; 

^dwanlM   IliibU-li, 1 

HulJK^Il, 

iibUll I 

n  IIuM^ll, 

Hiibl^ll 

Ilnbbeli. ! 

>il  Wakemnn  Hiiblx-li,      .     .  .   1 

Riirrilt   HiibMI, 1 

1  B.  IIiibMI : 

k  AnpiiHliw  llnlil>ell, ] 


I  Proicrick  Mitrion  IIubMI, 226 

:    George  All>ert  Hiihhell 20a 

(lenrgcE.  Hubbell, 192 

Gi-orge  William  Hubbell 12<t 

Gcnibom  Hulibell, 73 

Qiileoii  Siimmcn  HiihMI 108 

Hiirvcy  Hubbell 148 

nenrjr  Lyneii  Hubbell 1B9 

Henry  WilKon  Hubbell, 127 

Hewkiiih  Hubliell, 72 

Hcu-kiab   Hubbell 117 

Hiram   Hubbell, 121 

!    Hirani  Hubbell ISO 

I I  Hiram  Peiree  Hubbell, 217 

'    Htiratio   Nelxon  Hubbell l-iS 

1 1  Horatio  Willitim  Lrw  Hubbell,     ...   157 

! !  Ids  W.  Hubbell, 21-7 

I    laaac.-  Hubbell W 

(llMacHubbell Ill 

<  I  Jal>ez  Hubbell 80 

tl  Jamea  Hubl>ell Ill 

>  J:Mues  Hubbell, l.'>2 

1   JameK  Hubbell, 43 

>  Jiiuieo  Allen   Hubl>ell, 22f, 

I    Jiinie*  It.ij-d  Hubbell, 223 

>  Jnuiui  It     Hubbell. 211 

)    James  Wakemnn  IluliUll, 20A 

i   Jliv  am  Hubbell, 211 

i   JeiUifliah  Hubbell, 7! 

t   John  Hubl«ll  (he  riiT 20 

{   John  Hnbliell  the  Sei-onH, Vi 

)   John    Hubbell, dtl 

)   John    HubWIl 77 

I   John  Hubl)ell.    . 83 

)   John    Hubbell I(W 

5   J<.hn  D.  Hublwll 227 

1   John    Ileniy  Hubbell,  224 

1   Johnson  Hnibl*! lis 

i   Jonathan  Hubbell, K 

i   Jonathan   Hubliell, HI 

l' Joseph    Hubbell. 44 


vi  COXTfiXT:,. 

.f/-^i;*h  UuUiftW It  U'i:ii.in.    FIn^Ull -^o 

.f'^ij.h   MuKUII.      .  .  ...   I-J4  Wiliiriin    r>:ivM    FLiKMl 1-V2 

Jiiliii-  '^.fr-mr   ffrihU'll.  117  Williani  I^if;»y«rae  Hii^MI. 207 

J/'^r'-r  FfiiriUII rJ*)  Willi.ini  I>-iri-  HiiUi^lI 217 

Ia-vi  n>iU»«ll,  17:;  Wijliaiii  Mor^  HiiM.<riI 172 

f.ofirii^  Trirfi-  FliiKU-ll,  \'/4  ^\  illiani  Shf-il<.n  HiiW>?ll IM 

I^»/»«  rifiMKll ir,:;  William  Stone  HiibWI 2"^ 

I.M^li»*  niiM^.|I 175  William  Wheeler  HiihMl 193 

hiirnflfi   liuhMl 1-,1  Wils^m  IFubMl Ill 

F.iifii«fi  Uroy  Ffii»»lHlI, t>:ii)  WlUm  FIubMl 200 

MnriAwrmm  FFiiMi*)!, 220  Wohotl  FluWiell 84 

Mftr>  .  KliwiU-tli   FIiiMhII 220  Ziurhariah  FiiiUiell 92 

Mnttht'.w  FfiiliUrll, m  Tal»lo  of  Vr»yages  «ailer1  hy  Henry  Wilson 

Milow  W    IIiibMI, 1.W        FltiM»ell,  facing 145 

SntUmi    FIuMm-H r,7  F*oiin*lerV  Oath, 18 

Nathan   IFiiMx*!! 71  FFistorical  A(rount  of  Si.  John*"  F»Hge. .     .     61 

Nnthan    IFiihhfll 88  Address  to  the  Family, 177 

Nathan  FIiihlM-Il, 215  History  of  the   First   Church  of  Stratfield 

NalhaniiO    H.ihMl, 62        Pariah 13 

OranK^Scot.  FFuhMI 187  ARMORIAL  ENSIGNS. 

Ornn  Acikut  FFithhell, 234 

Vt'U'.r  if II hind  1, 49  Ancient  fTcnea logical  account   of  Hubbells 

IVl«T  lluhbcll 187        in  Great    Britain, 236 

I'hilo  I'nttcrHoii  FFiiIiIn'II 154  Ix^tter  from  Henry  Wilson  Hubbell,  ...  237 

Kirhiinl  Hiihbcll  (he  FirHi, 4 

KirlmnI   IliihU'lI  tln!S<Toinl 32  POEMS. 

Kii'lianl  IIuhlN-ll,Hon  ofjohn 40  -To  Richard  Hubbell  the  First."  .     .     .     .  239 

Itichiird   IIublM'll  (he  Third 58  "To   the  FarnierH," 115 

iCichanl  Hiibbell  the  Fourth, 81  '^One   Week   Ago," 209 

Kichtiiiyer  HiibU'Il 219  *♦  At  Fifty-three," 209 

Kicluird    Ilcniy   Hiibbell 222 

HalmcMi    Ilubbell 84  0  EN  E  A  LOGICAL    RECORD   OF    TEX 

SumwMi  IliHvcy  IlubU'Il. 1S|        CiENERATlONS,   see, 241 

SuMiiiel  Hiibbell,  Sr ;iS  Ephraini  Hubi>ell,  of  Sherman,  Connecticut,  250 

Sunuiel   Hubbrll.  .Ir l.'J  . J inlediah  Hui>bell,  marries  a  fifth  wife,  .     .250 

Nanmol   lluiibell 150  Mrs.  Hannah  Wheeler's  Children,     ...  252 

S'lUiH    Huliiiell 79  Anmum  Hui)belI,of  Provinceof  New  Bnins- 

SiliisIIubiM.il, 110        wick 258 

Silas  Chur*'hilUlubbell 192  Richanl  and  (iershom  IIui)l>ell,  twins, .  257,  277 

Sinjrletnn   licall    Ilubbell 225  J tweph  P^rad ley,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut.    .259 

Sidvnuiu  llubbi'li 170  Fluwer  Family 268 

SlephiMi  HublH»ll. (it;  (irahain  Family 269 

Stephen    llui»lH»U, 171  Nathan  HubUdlV  19   children   and  5  step- 
Stephen  .lohnsou  HubU'II 204       children, 269 

Sullivan  l>avis  HubU»|l lot)  Burr,  Origin  of. 270 

Truman    Mallory  Hubbrll 1  IS  .UHb^liah  HubMl,  Ohio  Pioneer 274 

Walter    HubU^ll 77  Lyon  Family 279 

Walter  HublvH. 04  WiUm    Family 279 

Walter  HubMl 12r>  I^ev.  hMwin  HubMl  Chapin 288 

Walter   HubMl 235  FWth,  Origin  of. 288 


COX77^:XTS, 


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8ilas    liiibbell   endeavuni    to    prevent    tlie 

burning  of  bibles, 

Colonel  Jotfe  Noriega, 

Ferdinand  Christin, 

fiamillie  Farailv, 

Baldey  Family,  Account  of, 

Captain  Jonathan  Godfrey 

Luther  Alrick  Hall,     . 

Man  Family, .         

William  Hubbell,  Prisoner  of  War,  .     .     . 

Jonathan  Gk)dfrey, 

Adrain  V.  S.  Schenck, 

Calvin  Goddard  Child, 

Eliiabeth  Hubbell  Schenck, 

Cnrtitis,  Origin  of, 

Chancellor  Martin,  Jr., 

Note  to  the  reader, 


301 
302 
327 
343 
344 
348 
378 
378 
378 
378 
383 
387 
398 


FAUK 


RECORDS  TOO  LATE    FOR    CLASS  1 
FICATION, 399 


UNCLASSIFIED  RECORDS, 


...  400 


Cjitalogue  of    Meiubcf>.  bearing  ll»e    name 

Huhbell,   willi    date  of    adinisHion,    Rev. 

Henjainiii  S.  J.  Page,  Pa8t»n-,     ....  423 

ULstorical  Notice,  ..........  423 

Membi»rs!  named    Hubbell,   Mar.    1st,   1879, 

Rev.  Charles  Rjiy  Pahner,  Pastor,  .     .     .  423 

Greenfield  Church 423 

Marriages  of  HubljcUs,  in  Stratfield  Parish,  423 
Members  of  Stratfield  Parisli  Church,  from 

1G95  to  1718,  and  dates  of  Membership,    .  423 
Renewal   of  Covenant  by  Members   named 

Hubbell,  in  Stratfield  Parish  Church,  .     .  424 
List  of  persons  named  Hubbell.  buried  in  the 

anciont    Stratfield    Burying   Ground,    in 

Bridgeport,  (.'onn., 424 

Householders  in  1717, 424 

Ancient  Land  Records 425 

(iuards  ap|X)inted  in  1777,  ...  425 

Claims  before    1800 425 

Letter  from  Mrs.  E.  L.  Huntington,     .     .     .  426 

Hubbell,  *' The  spirited  Loyalist,"  .  426 

!  Marriages  from  Record**   of  Congregational 


APPENDIX, 416 

Continuation  of  Genealogical  Records,  .     .416 
Deaoendanta  of  Benedict  Hubbell,  of  Ger- 
many,      419 

Stratfield  ParLuh.  and   other  Rei-ords.     .     .421 

Selectmen  of  Stratfield  Parish 421 

Collecton  of  Ministers'  Rate,    .....  421 

TnsMirer  of  Stratfield  Society 421 

Auditoni,  .  421 

Fire  Wood  for  Minister,  also   Committees.  421 

Moderator  or  Chairman, 421 

Coo8uble»  in  Stratfield  Parish ,     .     .     .     .421 
Recorder,  and  Society   Clerk   in  Stratfield 

Puiah 421 

ttbeep  Masten), 422 

School   Committees, 422 

Beeord  of  Deaths  of  Hubbells  in   Parish  of 

Strattield, 422 

Death  List  of  Hubbells  from  Stratfield  ( liurch 

Kccords, .  422 

CkMDjnunicants  named  llubliell,  of  the  First 
Congregational  Church,  in  Brid;i:e(N>rt, 
Coon,  (formerly  Stratfield  Parish),  in 
1831,  Rer.  John  Blatchfonl,  Pastor,     .     .  423 


426 


426 


431 
433 


Church,  Newtown,  Conn., 

Marriages  fn)m   Records  of  Congregational 
Churchc^s,  Town  Records   in  (.'onn.,    and 

other   sources, 

Record  of  Baptisms  of  Hubbells  in  Stratfield 

Parish 430 

Deaths, 431 

Miscellaneous  Items,  concerning  Hubbells, 
from  the  Records  of  Congregational 
Churches  and  other  sources,  .... 
Former  Places  of  Residence,  .... 
Al.»slracts  from  Colonial  Records  of  Connec- 
ticut (The  names  in  the.«<e  Alwtracts  are 
not  includcil  in  any  index  in  this  work),  .  433 

Note  Ui  the  Reader, 440 

Abbreviations   in  Apjiendix, 440 

Index  to  descendants   of  Richard    Hubbell 

the  First,  in  the  male  line  of  descent,  .     .  441 
Index  to  descendants  of   Kichard    Hubliell 

the  First,  in  the  female  line  of  descent,     .  450 
Index  to  the  descendants  of  Ikne<lict  Hub- 
bell, of  Germany, 456 

Index  to  the  name  Hubl»ell, 456 

General  Index  to  Names, 457 

Corrections. xv 


ILLUSTRATIONS. 


ENGRAVINGS. 


PAOK I  FAGE 

^    Lieutenant   John    Hiil)beir»i   Comuiiseiion,  I  <  iershoni  Hubbeirs  IIoiim.%  fucini;     ...  74 

facing 30 !  Hugo  HubI>ellV  Shield,  fiuing      ....  236 

'  Lieutenant  Riohanl  Hubl>eirs  Silver  Tan-  lCoat-ut-.\rms,  obtaine<I  by  Henry  \Vild4in 

kard,  facing 32  .      Hubbell,  facing 237 

.    Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell's  Com nii*ii< in.  ^ -\rnis  of  the  Hubbald  Family,  faring     .     .  238 

facing 40 


PORTRAITS. 


I'Af.E 

Truman  Mallory  Hubliell 118 

Charles  Benjamin  Hubbell, 122 

Harvev  Hubliell 14« 

Lnman  Hubbell, 1'~>1 

Alrick  HubWl, 109 

Samson  Harvev  Hubliell 181 

William  Shelton  Hubbell 184 

Francis  Burritt  HnbMl, 188 

John  Hubbell lyO 

William  Wheeler  HubMI 1(»3 

Wilson  Hubbell, lm 


George  Albert  Hubliell,  .     . 
William  Lafaveite  Hubliell, 

I  Andrew  Lvman  Hublx-ll 

j 

Lester  Hubliell,  .     .     . 

James  B<ivd  Hubliell,. 

Frederick  Marion  Hubliell, 

William  Stone  Hublu'll. 
•  Ijiman  Ixtmv  Ilubljell, 
!  Alvin  AIla<v  HubMI, 

Orrin  Zeigler  Hubliell. 

Frontispiece,      .     .     . 


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The  .Vuthor. 


PREFACE. 


To  the  descendants  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First: — 

Being  fully  aware  of  the  great  responsibility  resting  with  the  author  and 
compiler  of  a  book  containing  so  much  important  private  information  as  this 
history  of  our  family,  I  trust  all  my  readers  will  recognize  the  fact  that  it  is  a 
carefully  prepared  work,  collated  from  records  duly  authenticated  in  the  hands 
of  descendants  of  our  emigrant  ancestor,  supplemented  by  church,  court, 
county,  state,  and  congressional  documents,  and  that  all  works  to  which 
reference  has  been  made,  or  from  which  I  have  obtained  extracts,  are  to  be 
found  in  the  historical  societies  and  public  libraries  of  the  United  States  and 
British  Provinces. 

I  take  pleasure  in  stating  that  the  information  obtained  from  my  grand- 
father, Truman  Mallory  Hubbell,  concerning  our  ancestors,  was  substantially 
correct,  and  that  it  has  been  corroborated  by  facts  obtained  from  a  majority  of 
the  descendants  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First. 

For  me  to  assert  that  the  early  members  of  the  Hubbell  Family  were  lineal 
descendants  of  Hubba,  the  Dane,  would  be  supposititious,  but  I  do  say, 
and  without  fear  of  contradiction,  that  the  surname  Hubbell  is  of  Danish  ori- 
gin. (Rev.  William  Arthur,  M.A.  [Father  of  Chester  A.  Arthur,  Twenty-first 
President  of  the  United  States],  gives  the  origin  of  the  surname  Hubbell  from 
Hubba  the  Dane,  and  the  word  Hill  in  his  "  Etymological  Dictionary  of  Family 
Names.")  The  proper  pronunciation  of  Hubbell  is  Hubb  111,  and  it  is  so  pro- 
nounced at  the  present  day(i88i),  in  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  by  the 
descendants  of  the  colonial  settlers. 

Many  of  my  readers  will  wish  to  know  where  Hubba's  Hill  is  situated,  but 
I  can  only  state  that  I  believe  near  Milford-Haven,  in  Pembrokeshire,  Wales, 
because  Grose,  in  his  "Antiquities  of  England  and  Wales,"  says  (Volume 
VII,  New  Edition,  page  i  lo),  in  speaking  of  an  ancient  ruin  called  Hubber- 
stone  (or  Hubbastone)  Priory,  that : 

"  The  ruin  stands  in  Pembrokeshire  not  far  from  Milford-Haven,  and  is 
called  by  the  inhabitants  the  Priory ;  but  whether  for  monks  or  nuns,  or  what 
order,  and  when  and  by  whom  founded,  are  particulars  not  handed  down  by 
tradition,  or  at  least  not  known  by  the  generality  of  the  neighboring  people. 
Neither  Dugdale  or  Tanner  mention  this  priory. 


X  PREFACE. 

The  building  here  shown  seems  to  have  been  part  of  the  gatehouse ;  in  all 
likelihood  the  principal  one  belonging  to  the  monaster)'.  This  view  was 
drawn  by  Mr.  Grimm,  anno  177 1."  '  Opposite  the  above  account  is  a  handsome 
engraving  of  the  ruin.) 

It  is  most  probable  that  the  ruin  thus  described  was  never  erected  nor 
used  for  a  priory,  but  was  the  remains  of  a  fortress  or  castle  erected  and 
inhabited  by  Hubba;  for  his  last  permanent  fortification  is  known  to  have  been 
near  Milford-Haven,  where  his  fleet  harbored,  and  whence  he  crossed  the 
Channel,  landed  from  his  twenty-three  ships  in  Devonshire,  England,  where 
he  was  slain  in  battle. 

F'rom  the  vast  amount  of  historical  research  I  have  made  in  regard 
to  this  subject,  I  have  been  led  to  believe  that  several  hills  in  Britain, 
upon  which  he  and  his  band  had  previously  encamped,  afterwards  bore  his 
name. 

The  name  Hubba  is  not  only  ver>'  ancient  in  British  history,  but, 
probably,  of  great  antiquity  in  Asia,  for  it  is  stated  among  the  transac- 
tions of  the  Society  of  Biblical  Archaeology,  that  **  Mr.  Hormuzd  Rassam, 
incited  by  discoveries  made  by  the  Arab  brick  diggers  of  Hillah,  in  the 
years  1874-5,  commenced  a  .series  of  explorations  in  the  Tigro- Euphrates 
valley,  which  have  produced  wonderful  results  in  the  way  of  rich  discov- 
eries, that  will  be  welcomed  by  all  students  of  history  and  philology.  The 
tablets  then  found  were  purchased  for  the  British  Museum. 

While  working  at  Deyr,  Mr.  Rassam  paid  a  visit  to  the  mounds,  called  by 
the  Arabs,  Tell  Abu  Hubba ;  the  mounds,  which  are  very  extensive,  cover 
an  area  of  two  miles  in  circumference,  and  the  position  of  the  walls  and  citadel 
is  clearly  marked  by  mounds  and  embankments  of  debris.  Like  most 
Babylonian  edifices,  the  buildings  at  Abu  Hubba  are  built  with  the  angles  to 
the  cardinal  points. 

The  citadel  occupies  the  southern  portion  of  the  enceinte,  and  its  highest 
point  was  on  the  southwest  face.  The  trenches  excavated  soon  struck  the 
walls  of  a  building  and  by  following  the  face  of  these  walls  the  outer  face  of  a 
large  square  edifice  was  uncovered.  The  building,  as  far  as  can  be  judged  from 
the  one  face  uncovered,  was  square,  and  about  2000  yards  in  circumference,  the 
southwest  face  being  1 500  feet  in  length.  The  architecture  of  these  outer  walls 
was  similar  to  that  of  the  buildings  discovered  at  Warka  and  Mughier,  by  Mr. 
Loftus;  the  walls  being  broken  at  equal  distances  by  broad,  projecting 
buttresses,  decorated  with  ploughed  panels.  Trenches  and  shafts  run  into  the 
interior  showed  that  the  buildings  were  arranged  around  a  central  court,  and 
consisted  of  a  series  of  long  narrow  rooms,  with  extremely  thick  brick 
walls. 

In  the  interior  of  the  edifice  an  interesting  pair  of  rooms  was  discovered 


PREFACE.  xi 

and  cleared  of  debris  by  the  fortunate  explorer,  and  from  records  found  in  these 
chambers  has  been  ascertained  the  name  of  the  city  and  the  nature  of  the 
edifice  whose  ruins  are  buried  beneath  the  mounds  of  Abu  Hubba.  In  exca- 
vating a  trench,  following  a  wall  into  the  central  portion  of  the  mound,  a  door- 
way was  found  leading  into  a  large  gallery  or  chamber,  lOO  feet  in  length  and 
about  35  feet  in  width.  In  this  chamber  were  the  remains  of  a  large  brick 
altar  nearly  thirty  feet  square,  and  evidently  a  great  sacrificial  altar  of  the 
temple. 

In  the  wall  of  this  chamber  a  door  was  found  leading  into  a  smaller  room, 
and  from  its  construction  and  position,  the  shaft  sunk  by  the  excavators 
brought  to  light  the  records  of  the  builder  of  the  great  temple  of  the  Assyrian 
war-god,  which  had  been  placed  in  a  stone  cyst  and  buried  near  the  altar,  and 
from  them  was  ascertained  the  name  of  the  city  and  temple  whose  ruins  had 
been  discovered.  The  first  three  lines  of  the  largest  of  the  foundation  records 
bring  our  speculative  thoughts  to  a  focus,  and  centre  our  minds  on  one  of  the 
more  ancient  sites  of  Chaldea ;  *  To  the  Sun-god,  the  great  lord,  dwelling  Bit-^ 
Parra,  which  is  within  the  city  of  Sippara.'  Here,  then,  we  have  restored  to 
us  the  ruins  and  records  of  a  city  whose  traditions  go  back  to  the  days  before 
the  flood,  when  pious  Xisuthrus,  by  order  of  his  god,  *  buried  in  the  city  of 
Sippara  of  the  Sun,  the  history  of  the  beginning,  progress,  and  end  of  all 
things,*  antediluvian.  And  now  we  recover,  twenty-seven  centuries  after  they 
were  buried,  the  records  of  the  pious  restorer  of  this  ancient  temple." 

As  the  foregoing  account  will  be  considered  irrelevant  by  many  of  my 
readers  it  is  necessary  to  explain  why  I  have  quoted  it,  for  I  consider  my 
reasons  good  and  substantial  for  so  doing. 

The  remote  ancestors  of  Ilubba  the  Dane  came  from  Asia,  and  it  is  more 
than  probable  from  the  very  valley  where  the  ruins — beneath  the  mounds  of 
Abu  Hubba — were  discovered.  Now,  as  personal  names  are  handed  down  for 
centuries,  why  may  not  the  name  Hubba  have  been  used  by  the  remote  ances- 
tors of  the  chieftain  in  Asia?  The  very  fact  of  the  existence  of  the  name  in 
Asia  at  the  present  day  indicates  to  my  mind  that  it  is  of  an  antiquity,  proba- 
bly as  great  as  the  ruins  discovered  beneath  the  mounds. 

However,  I  leave  to  future  writers  on  nomenclature  the  task  of  ascer- 
taining whether  I  am  correct.  Vox  if  Hubba  is  of  recent  origin  as  a 
name  among  the  Arabs,  the  connection  I  see  between  the  names  is  only  a 
strange  coincident,  and,  therefore,  of  no  value,  but,  if  I  am  correct,  the 
origin  of  the  name  Hubbell  is  far  more  ancient  than  has  been  supposed. 

By  the  armorial  decorations,  described  in  this  work,  the  fact  is  estab- 
lished that  the  persons  to  whom  they  were  granted  were  of  Danish  descent. 

The  genealogical  account  on  page  236,  and  coat-of-arms  pertaining  to 
it,  were    obtained  about  forty  years  ago  by  Mrs.  Ellen  (Hubbell)  Thurber, 


xii  PREFACE, 

afterwards  Mrs.  John  H.  Keller,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connec- 
ticut. (See  her  obituary  on  page  124.)  She  obtained  them  from  an  indi- 
vidual who  was  travelling  through  America  in  search  of  heirs  to  ancient 
estates  in  Great  Britain.  He  had  in  his  possession  armorial  decorations 
and  genealogical  accounts  pertaining  to  colonial  families,  all  of  which  he 
claimed  to  have  copied  from  works  in  the  libraries  of  London,  containing 
family  records  chronologically  anterior  and  subsequent  to  the  Norman 
Conquest. 

If  the  account  is  not  authentic,  it  is  most  singular,  that  it  has  subsequently 
been  found  to  agree  with  all  known  personal  and  historical  facts  relating  to 
the  descendants  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First. 

I  am  of  the  opinion  that  our  emigrant  ancestor  was  the  grandson  of 
Francis  Hubbell,  whom  it  is  said  was  probably  lost  at  sea  in  161 5,  and  whose 
widow  was  living  in  Plymouth,  Devonshire,  England,  in  165 1. 

If  this  is  a  fact  it  is  very  easy  to  comprehend  why  he  emigrated  to 
•America. 

I  have  given  three  escutcheons  as  curiosities,  and  trust  members  of  the 
family,  who  take  pride  in  coats-of-arms,  will  pardon  me  for  devoting  so  little 
space  to  the  description  of  heraldic  decorations,  for  believing  that — 

"  He  stands  for  fame  on  his  forefathers'  feet. 
By  heraldry  proved  valiant  or  discreet ! " 

I  could  not  conscientiously  do  otherwise. 

As  it  may  interest  some  members  of  the  family  to  know  how  I  came  in 
possession  of  the  necessary  data  from  which  to  write  this  book ;  I  state  that,  in 
my  professional  tours  of  the  United  States  and  British  Provinces,  I  examined 
many  valuable  libraries,  obtained  post-office  addresses  from  town  and  city 
directories,  and  became  personally  acquainted  with  members  of  the  family ; 
also  copied  church,  town  and  state  documents,  family  bible  records,  and  grave- 
stones; and  made  a  special  tour  of  six  weeks  through  Connecticut,  in  the 
summer  of  1880,  during  which  time  I  visited  Bridgeport,  Fairfield,  Strat- 
ford, Southport,  Greenfield,  Sherman,  Trumbull,  Huntington,  Monroe.  Birm- 
ingham, Derby,  Ansonia,  Easton,  Weston,  New  Fairfield,  Newtown,  Danbur>', 
Norwalk,  and  Wilton,  all  in  the  aforesaid  state ;  also.  Southeast,  Putnam 
County,  New  York ;  being  received  and  entertained  everywhere  with  marked 
attention  by  the  descendants  of  the  first  Hubbell  in  America. 

While  in  the  aforesaid  towns  I  copied  available  records,  visited  scores  of 
ancient  grave-yards,  where  the  honored  fathers  of  the  village  sleep;  and 
from  the  crumbling  marble  monuments  and  head-stones,  that  still  remain,  as 
silent  sentinels  to  guard  the  ashes  of  those  soldiers  in  the  battle  of  life,  who 
have  joined  the  vast  army  that  has  marched  on  before,  I  deciphered  numerous 


PREFACE.  xiii 

epitaphs  and  inscriptions  after  first  removing  the  moss  and  ivy  from  the  disin- 
tegrating stone. 

In  collecting  information,  I  have  been  most  cordially  assisted  by  the  fol- 
lowing members  of  the  family,  and  take  this  opportunity  of  expressing  to  them 
my  sincere  thanks  for  their  valued  aid,  kind  endeavors  and  expressions  of 
good-will  in  the  furtherance  of  my  work: 

Harvey  Hubbell,  of  Long  Hill,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  for 
much  valuable  information  and  personal  assistance  in  securing  ancient 
records.  Frederick  Marion  Hubbell,  of  Des  Moines,  Iowa,  for  many 
old  family  papers,  and  the  gift  of  six  hundred  dollars.  Major  William 
Lewis  Hubbell,  of  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  for  great  personal  assistance  in 
securing  important  family  records.  William  Lafayette  Hubbell,  of  New 
York  City,  for  his  beautiful  prologue  and  poem  to  our  emigrant  ancestor, 
and  numerous  family  records  of  great  value.  Charles  Elbert  Hubbell,  of 
Stratford,  Connecticut,  for  his  kindness  in  obtaining  family  records,  and  his 
ever-remembered  assistance  in  searching  the  ancient  grave-yards  of  *' Stratford- 
on-the-Sound." 

I  am  very  much  indebted  to  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hubbell  Schenck,  of 
Southport,  Connecticut.  She  is  the  Historian  of  the  Town  of  Fairfield,  and 
was  of  great  assistance  in  securing  genealogical  records,  and  many  valuable 
documents. 

I  also  thank,  most  heartily.  Major  William  B.  Hincks,  of  Bridgeport, 
Connecticut.  Alrick  Hubbell  Man,  of  the  New  York  Genealogical  and 
Biographical  Society,  of  New  York  City.  John  Ward  Dean,  of  the  New-Eng- 
land Historic,  Genealogical  Society,  of  Boston,  Massachusetts.  Spencer 
Bonsall,  of  the  Historical  Society  of  Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia,  Pennsyl- 
vania. William  Cothren,  Historian,  of  Woodbury,  Connecticut.  William 
Hosmer  Hubbell,  of  Vandalia,  Fayette  County,  Illinois.  Lester  Hubbell, 
of  Savannah,  Georgia.  Luman  Leroy  Hubbell,  of  Danbury,  Connecticut. 
James  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  of  Wilton,  Connecticut.  Deacon  Oliver  B.  Jen- 
nings, of  Fairfield,  Connecticut.  Hon.  Lewis  H.  Steiner,  M.D.,  of  Guil- 
ford, Connecticut.  Daniel  Malony,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut.  Mrs.  Esther 
Lyon  Huntington,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut.  Mrs.  Fannie  J.  Booth  Yale,  of 
Huntington,  "  Upper  White  Hills,"  Connecticut.  Rowland  B.  Lacey,  of 
Bridgeport,  Connecticut.  Miss  Hannah  Hobart,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut, 
and  the  hundreds  of  Hubbells  and  descendants  of  other  names,  with  whom 
I  have  corresponded,  for  their  individual  assistance  in  procuring  genea- 
logical, biographical,  and  historical  information. 

My  preface  would  be  incomplete  without  an  expression  of  my  sincere 
thanks  to  the  large  settlement  of  Hubbells — descended  from  Lieutenant  John 
Hubbell, — in  Huntington,  on  the  "  Upper  White  Hills,"  Fairfield  County,  Con- 
necticut. 


xiv  PREFACE, 

I  went  among  them  introduced  by  Fcnelon  Hubbell,  of  Bridgeport,  Con- 
necticut, who  drove  me  in  his  carriage  from  Bridgeport  to  the  "  Hills,"  where 
I  remained,  a  welcome  guest  for  many  days.  While  in  the  settlement  I  received 
every  possible  attention,  and  the  visit  will  always  be  remembered  among  my 
most  delightful  recollections.  The  members  of  the  family  who  were  of  assist- 
ance to  me  in  obtaining  information  relative  to  their  forefathers  in  the  settle- 
ment, were  Hezekiah  Hubbell.  Abijah  Hubbell,  Richard  Henry  Hubbell,  Wells 
Hubbell,  Warren  Christopher  Hubbell,  Mrs.  W^illiam  Morse  Hubbell,  and  Mrs. 
Minerva  Patterson  (formerly  Mrs.  Minerva  Booth,  widow  of  Wheeler  Booth) ; 
she  is  generally  called  "  Aunt  Minerva,"  by  her  numerous  relatives,  has  a  most 
retentive  memory  for  genealogical  matters,  and  was  of  very  great  assistance 
to  me  in  obtaining  names,  dates,  and  other  valuable  information. 

The  several  indexes  will,  I  know,  be  of  aid  to  my  readers.  I  expended 
many  days  in  compiling  them,  and  trust  they  will  be  found  to  contain  only  a 
few  errors. 

As  to  the  biographical  department,  I  am  aware  that  many  of  the  sketches 
are  rather  lengthy,  but  think  they  will  all  be  read  with  interest. 

On  the  genealogical  records  I  expended  much  care,  and  hope  they  will 
prove  satisfactory. 

My  readers  will  oblige  me  by  correcting  all  errors  in  the  genealogical  por- 
tion of  the  book,  and  confer  a  favor  by  sending  a  memorandum  of  their  correc- 
tions addressed  to  me,  in  care  of  J.  H.  Hubbell  &  Co.,  407  and  409  Broad- 
way, New  York  City. 

Trusting  that  the  result  of  my  years  of  labor  will  be  accepted  in  the 
spirit  in  which  it  was  prepared,  I  place  it  in  the  hands  of  my  subscribers, 
hoping  they  will  transmit  it  to  their  descendants,  to  be  handed  down 
to  generations  yet  unborn,  as  the  first  "  Histor>'  of  the  Hubbell  Family." 

WALTER  HUBBELL. 
October  25th,  1881. 


CORRECTIONS. 


PAGE 

5.  5th  line  from  top,  for  **  Wales  "  read  Britain. 
5.  8th  line  from  top,  for  "  Dorcetshire  "  read 
Doraetshire. 
56.  lOth  line  from  bottom,  for  "Joseph"  read 

Jeptha, 
58.  7th  line  from  bottom,  for  **  1676"  read  1696. 

73.  12th    line   from   top,   for  "currier*'  read 

dealer  in  skins. 

74.  18th  line  from  top,  for  "  from  "  read  with. 
80.  7th  line  from  top,  for  "Delaware"  read 

Otsego. 
80.  17th  line  from  top,  for  "does"  read  dose^. 
80.  7th  line  from  bottom,  for"  1739  "  read  1753. 
83.  3d  line  from  top,  for  "  1749"  read  1751. 
83.  5th  line  from  top,  for  "  18th  "  read  22nrf. 

124.  9th  line  from  bottom,  for  "on  "  read  or 

128.  16th  line  from  bottom,  for  "Castle"  read 
QutUs. 

134.  Ist  line  at  bottom,  for  "  and  "  read  in. 

137.  23d   line  from   bottom,  for  "15th,  1834," 
read  l^  of  August,  1834. 

169.  3d  line  from  top,  for  "  18th"  read  I9M. 

176.  Ist  line  at  top,  for  "  Nicholas  "  read  Nichols. 

198.  11th  line  from  bottom,  for  "16"  read  161. 

211.  11th  line  from  top,  for  "1825"  rea<l  1824. 

259.  11th  line  from  bottom,  for  "Schneck  "  read 
Sehenek. 

270.  18th  line  from  top,  for  "  well "  read  uxtU. 

278.  4th  line  from  top,  for  "  Soars  "  and  "Charles- 
town"  read  Sears  and  (JharleMon. 

289.  2d   line    from    top,  for   "Nicholas"   read 

Nichols, 

290.  10th    line    from    top,  for  "Elisha"    read 

Elita. 


PAUE 

293.  9th  line  from  bottom,  for  "  Le  Leur "  read 

Le  Sueur. 
301.  12th  line  from  bottom,  for  "  Lourain  "  read 

Louvain. 
306.  11th   line  from  top,    for  "Thuber"  read 

Thurber. 
311.  13th  line  from  top,  for  "Trousdail"  read 

TruesdaiL 
311.  9th  line  from  bottom,  for  "Sansom"  read 

Samson. 
319.  7th  line  from  bottom  for  "Louisa"  read 

Lovisa. 
340.  16th  line  from  bottom,  for  "  1846  "  read  1486. 
344.  13th  line  from  bottom,  for  "Alrich "  read 

Alrick. 
347.  Uth  line  from  top,  for  "'Hattie  E.  b.  Apr. 

18tli,  1846,  m.  Charles  A.  Chapman,  June 

27th,  1869,  in  Wheatland,  Wis.  No  issue." 

read  ^'Hattis  E.  b.  Apr.  18<A,  1846,  m.  W. 

H.  Hicks.   (ISee  page  389.) 
347.  3l8t  line  from  bottom,  for  "—  2921  "Ida 

Isabella  b.  Apr.  29th,  1850.  read  2921. 

""Ida  Isabella,  b.  Apr.  29M,  1850,  m.  Charles 

A.  Chapman,  June  27th,  1869,  in  Wheat- 
land, Wis.     No  issue. 
365.  17th  line  from  top,  for  "2333  "  read  3333. 
394.  3d  line  from  top,  for  "  Davis  "  read  David. 
405.  4th  line  from  bottom,  for  "Miner"  read 

Minor. 
408.  20th  line  from  bottom,  for  "  Nodwav  "  read 

Nodaway. 
416.  12th  line  from  bottom,  for  "560"  read  260. 
456.  2d  column,  6th  line  from  top,  read  Deoda- 

tvs  116. 


ORIGIN  OF  THE  FAMILY  AND  NAME. 


HISTORY  tells  us  that  more  than  twenty  centuries  before  the  Christian 
era,  Asia  was  inhabited  by  the  ancestors  of  the  Goths,  and  that  eight 
centuries  later  numerous  tribes  of  this  nomadic  race  immigrated  to  Europe 
and  scattered  themselves  over  its  various  countries,  Scandinavia  being  settled 
by  the  most  war-like,  and  adventurous  class. 

In  A.  D.,  789,  the  first  Danes  appeared  in  Britain,*  and  about  867, 
Hubba,  the  Dane,  and  his  band  of  barbarians,  landed  upon  its  shores. 

In  the  historical  account  of  Whitby  Abbey,  Yorkshire,  England,  the 
following  occurs  : 

"This  monastery  continued  in  a  flourishing  state  till  about  the  year 
867,  when  a  party  of  Danes,  under  Hubba  and  Hinguar,  landed  at  Dunesley 
Bay,  two  miles  westward  of  this  place,  and  encamped  on  an  eminence  on 
the  east  side  thereof,  still  called  Raven's  Hill;  which  name  it  is  supposed 
to  have  obtained  from  the  figure  of  that  bird  being  worked  on  the  Danish 
ensign,  which  was  there  displayed.  From  thence,  straggling  into  the 
country,  they  plundered  and  laid  it  waste,  and  among  other  depredations 
entirely  destroyed  this  monastery,  which  lay  in  ruins  for  many  years ;  the 
community  being    dispersed,    only   Titus,   the   Abbot,   fled   with    the  relics 

of  St.  Hilda  to  Glastonbury."! 

That  Hubba  and  his  band  remained  in  Britain,  the  following  historical 
facts  offer  conclusive  proof 

"In  871,  Hubba  and  Hinguar,J  took  Saint  Edmund,  the  King,§  pris- 
oner at  Thetford,  in  East  Anglia.  They  offered  him  his  life  and  kingdom 
if  he  would  forsake  Christianity,  and  reign  under  them.  When  he  refused 
they  tied  him  to  a  tree,  and  shot  at  him  with  arrows,  and  at  last  cut  off" 
his  head.  In  the  churches  of  Norfolk  and  Suffolk  are  to  be  seen  pictures 
of  him,  pierced  with  arrows.  The  Danes,  at  the  same  time,  killed  Hum- 
berht,  Bishop  of  the  East  Angles,  and  after  ravaging  the  country  and 
burning  the  churches  and  monasteries,  they  went  into  Mercia,  and  carried 
on  their  depredations."! 


•See  "Chronological  Table  in  Old  English  History,"  by  E.  A.  Freeman,  D.  C.  L.  London,  IhTO,  i».  XXII. 
fSee  "Antiquities  of  England  and  Wales,"  by  Francis  Grose,  Esq.,  F.  A.  S,  London,  1785,  Vol.  VI.  p.  158. 
tAlways  spelled  Hinguar  by  Hume,  but  frequently  Inguar  and  Infjimir,  by  other  historians. 
gNot  to  be  confounded  with  Saint  Edmund  who  was  Archbishop  of  Canterbury,  in  thirteenth  century. 
[See  "  Old  English  History"  by  Freeman,  London,  1876,  p.  110. 


2  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

"  Hubba,  a  Danish  Chief,  who,  in  conjunction  with  Hinguar,  his  brother, 
led  a  marauding  expedition  into  the  interior  of  Mercia,  and  took  up  their 
winter  quarters  at  Nottingham,  where  they  fortified  themselves  so  strongly 
as  seriously  to  threaten  all  that  part  of  the  island.  They  were,  however, 
soon  driven  from  this  position,  whence  they  retired  into  Northumberland. 
After  causing  much  distress  in  this  part  of  the  island,  we  find  them  carrying 
on  their  depredations  in  Wales,  and  other  parts  of  the  west"* 

"  In  875-6.  Alfred,  the  Great,  found  the  search  of  his  enemies  become 
more  remiss.  Collecting  some  of  his  retainers,  they  retired  into  the  centre 
of  a  bog,  formed  by  the  stagnation  waters  of  the  Thone  and  Parret,  in 
Somersetshire.  He  there  found  two  acres  of  firm  ground,  and  building 
a  habitation  on  them,  rendered  himself  secure  by  its  fortifications,  and  still 
more  by  the  unknown  and  inaccessible  roads  which  led  to  it,  and  by  the 
forests  and  morasses  with  which  it  was  every  way  environed.  This  place 
he  called  ^Ethelingey,  or,  the  Isle  of  Nobles.  He  thence  made  frequent 
and  unexpected  sallies  upon  the  Danes,  who  often  felt  the  vigor  of  his 
arm,  but  knew  not  from  what  quarter  the  blow  came.  He  subsisted,  him- 
self and  his  followers  by  the  plunder  which  he  acquired,  he  procured 
them  consolation  by  revenge,  and  from  small  successes,  he  opened  their 
minds  to  hope,  that,  notwithstanding  his  present  misfortunes,  more  import- 
ant victories  might,  at  length,  attend  his  valor.  Alfred  lay  here  concealed 
during  a  twelve-month,  when  news  of  a  prosperous  event  reached  his  ears, 
and  called  him  to  the  field.  Hubba,  the  Dane,  having  spread  devastation, 
fire,  and  slaughter  over  Wales,  had  landed  in  Devonshire,  from  twenty- 
three  vessels,  and  laid  seige  to  the  Castle  of  Kinwith,  a  place  situated 
near  the  mouth  of  the  small  river  Tau.^  Oddune,  Earl  of  Devonshire, 
with  his  followers,  had  taken  shelter  there,  and  being  ill  supplied  with 
provisions,  and  even  with  water,  he  determined,  by  some  vigorous  blow, 
to  prevent  the  necessity  of  submitting  to  the  barbarous  enemy.^  He  made 
a  sudden  sally  on  the  Danes  before  sun-rising,  and  taking  them  unpre- 
pared he  put  them  to  rout,  pursued  them  with  great  slaughter,  killed 
Hubba  himself,  and  got  possession  of  the  famous  Reafen,  or,  Enchanted 
Standard,  in  which  the  Danes  put  great  confidence.^  It  contained  the 
figure  of  a  raven,  which  had  been  inwove  by  the  three  sisters  of  Hubba 
and  Hinguar,  with  many  magical  incantations,  and  which  by  its  different 
movements,  prognosticated,  as  the  Danes  believed,  the  good  or  bad  success 
of  any  enterprise.^  "f 


♦See  "  Blotfraphical  Index  to  Hume,"  p.  369 


k  See  "  A>Her:  p.  10." 
1  See  •'  V\oT.  Wu 


igoni  590." 
m  See  "  Asser.  p.  lO,"  also,  "Chron.  Sax,  p.  SI."    "Abba's  Rieval,  p.  &x),"  and  "  Alured  Beverl,  p.  10r>." 
n  See  "  Aaser.  p.  10." 
tSec  '•  Hume's  History  of  England,"  Edition  1765,  Vol.  1,  p.  69 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAAHLY.  3 

"  In  the  ninth,  tenth,  and  eleventh  centuries,  the  raven,  the  Danebrog 
of  heathenism,  waved  victoriously  in  the  western  lands.  It  was  with 
Canute,  the  Great,  at  Ashingdon,  with  the  Norman  William  at  Hastings, 
and  was  thus  present  at  two  conquests  of  England,  the  battle  of  Has- 
tings being  the  last  important  battle  that  the  raven^  won.  Heathen  Scan- 
dinavia had  exhausted  its  strength  by  numerous  and  far  extended  conquests. 
Christianity,  and  with  it  a  new  and  a  higher  civilization,  advanced  with  a 
power  not  to  be  checked  even  among  the  ancient  followers  of  Odin.  The 
raven,  Odins  mark,  —  the  symbol  of  heathenism,  —  paled  by  degrees,  as 
antiquated  and  meaningless,  and  at  last  gave  place  to  the  symbol  of  Chris- 
tianity, the  Cross.  An  old  saga,  or  legend,  relates,  that  during  one  of  the 
crusades  oT  King  Waldemar,  the  Victorious,  in  Livonia,  in  A.  D.,  12 19, 
the  "  Danebrog "  fell  from  heaven  among  the  Danish  army.  After  these 
crusades,  the  "  Danebrog,"  containing  the  Cross,  appears  as  the  estab- 
lished national  flag  of  the  Danes ;  and  ever  since  that  time,  for  more 
than  six  centuries,  it  has  continued  to  wave  unchanged  over  the  Danish 
fleets  and  armies.  It  is  remarkable  that,  as  the  flag  of  the  fleet,  and  of 
all  fortified  places,  and  as  the  royal  flag,  it  is  split ;  this  form  must  have 
originated  from  the  fringes  and  tongues,  or  points  with  which  the  old 
Danish  and  Scandinavian  flags  were  ornamented,  in  the  tenth  and  eleventh 
centuries.  The  Scandinavian  people  is  the  only  one  which,  from  remote 
antiquity,  has  uninterruptedly  borne  this  split  flag ;  and  it  is  reasonable  to 
believe  that  Sweden,  as  well  as  Norway,  obtained  theirs,  which  is  of  com- 
paratively late  origin,  by  imitating  the  old  Danebrog.  About  the  time 
of  the  crusades,  and  perhaps  a  little  earlier,  the  different  kingdoms  began 
to  adopt  a  fixed  national  coat  of  arms,  Denmark  assuming  that  still  in  use 
— three  blue  leopards  or  lions,  on  a  golden  shield,  strewed  with  red 
hearts,  which  was  originally  the  family  arms  of  the  royal  house.  It  has, 
however,  undergone  a  few  slight  changes.  With  regard  to  this  subject, 
it  is  remarkable  that  three  leopards  were  also  borne  by  the  Norman 
dukes,  who  were  of  Danish  descent,  and  who,  after  the  conquest,  intro- 
duced the  leopards  or  lions,  into  the  arms  of  England."* 

That  the  HubbcU  Family  is  of  Danish  origin  there  is  no  doubt. 
All  the  heraldic  ensigns  relating  to  the  family  in  all  its  branches,  offer 
undeniable  proof  that  it  is  of  Scandinavian  blood,  and  although  I  cannot 
prove  from  history  that  Hubba,  the  Dane,  left  descendants  in  Wales, 
^here  he  had  his  last  permanent  encampment,  there  is  no  doubt  that  the 
original  inhabitants  of  "  Hubba's-Hill,"  in  Britain,  were  Danes,  and  it  was 
there  that  the  name  and  family  originated. 


•See  "  The  DanfS  and  Northmen,"  by  Woreoae,  pp.  62,  C3  and  ei 


4  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

According  to  the  best  works  on  the  nomenclature  of  surnames,  Hubbell 
is7of  local  origin,  and  was  derived  from  "  Hubba,"  a  Danish  chief,  and  the 
Anglo-Saxon  word  "  hill,"  which,  as  everybody  knows,  signifies  a  small 
mountain. 

From  Hubba  and  hill,  we  have  Hubba's-Hill.  Several  hills  in  Britain 
were  so  called  from  the  fact  that  the  celebrated  Chieftain  Hubba,  camped 
upon  them.  From  Hubba's-Hill  the  name  Hubhill  was  derived,  and  from 
Hubhill  has  come  the  surname,  Hubbell  * 

Many  family  names  have  been  derived  from  Hubhill,  among  which 
may  be  mentioned  Hubbald,  Hubald,  Hubband  and  Huband,  names  which 
have  been  supposed  to  have  had  their  derivation  from  the  christian  name 
Hugh,  and  the  Anglo-Saxon  word  /^^A/,  signifying  bold,  hence, '*  Hugh  the 
bald,"  or  "  Hugh  the  bold,"  Hubald,  Hubbald,  Huband  and  Hubband.  etc. 

As  the  derivation  of  all  these  names  from  Hubba  and  hill  is  the  most 
ancient,  I  claim  that  it  is  correct,  and  that  not  only  have  the  surnames 
Hubbell,  Hubbald  and  Huband  been  so  derived,  but  many  others  of  a 
kindred    composition. 

Hubbell,  to  this  day,  is  so  spelled  in  Wales,  the  early  home  of  the 
Hubbell  F*amily.t  In  England,  it  has  become  Hubble ;  in  France,  Hubel ; 
in  Italy,  Htibeli ;  while  in  Germany,  it  still  retains  its  original  form, 
HubbelL 

The  armorial  ensigns  to  be  found  in  this  work,  are  the  Coats-of  Arms 
of  members  of  the  family  that  had  its  origin  in  Great  Britain,  from  Danish 
ancestors.  Of  this  there  is  no  question,  nor  is  there  a  doubt  that  the 
persons  to  whom  they  were  granted  belonged  to  the  Hubba's-Hill  Family^ 
but  as  I  cannot  prove  that  Richard  Hubbell  from  whom  we  are  de- 
scended had  a  lawful  right  to  use  any  one  of  them,  I  give  them  simply 
as  curiosities,  and  trust  they  will  be  so  considered.  I  hope  no  Hubbell 
will  be  vain  enough  to  have  one  of  them  painted  on  his  carriage  door, 
or  used  in  any  other  way  as  a  decoration  to  show  his  "  fioble  birth,''  for 
it  must  be  remembered,  that  our  branch  of  the  Hubbell  Family  is  purely 
and  thoroughly  American,  and  that  our  ancestors  fought  and  died  for  the 
liberties  of  this  great  Republic,  before  it  had  even  a  flag. 

Richard  Hubbell,  the  first  man  of  the  name  in  America,^  was  born 
in  Great  Britain,  in   1627—8. 


♦See  "  Etymological  Dictionary  of  Family  Names."  by  William  Arthur,  M.  A.  New  York,  1857,  p.  IW. 

^Sote  by  the  Author.— In  searching  reconls  for  information  relating  to  the  familv,  I  have  found  the 
name  spellea  in  the  following  forms :  Hubbell,  Hubell,  Hubbel,  Hubble,  Huble,  Hubf)all.  Hubblll.  Hub- 
well.  Hubbald.  Hubald,  Hubbant,  Hubant,  Hubband.  Huband,  and  in  other  ways.  It  is  worthy  of  notice, 
that  It  has  always  been  spelled  Hubbell,  in  America,  by  members  of  the  family,  only  being  misspelled  by 
clerks,  recorders,  ministers,  and  other  scribes. 

JThere  is  no  record  to  show  that  Richard  Hubbell,  the  First,  had  a  brother  for  brothers),  in  America. 
Evcr>'  Hubbell  of  *'  Connecticut  Ance8tr>',"  can  be  traced  to  him  as  their  progenitor. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  5 

Of  his  early  history  nothing  is  known.  The  date  of  his  arrival  in  New 
England  has  not  been  preserved,  but  must  have  been  between  1645  and 
1647,*  for,  on  March  7th,  of  the  latter  year,  he  took  the  oath  of  fidelity 
to  the  government  of  the  New  Haven  Colony.f 

Like  many  of  the  inhabitants  of  Wales  at  the  present  day,  (1880), 
he  could  not  write  the  English  language. 

In  1650,  he  married  Elizabeth,!  daughter  of  John,  and  granddaughter 
of  Vincent  Meigs,  of  Dorcetshire,  England.  Her  grandfather,  (Vincent), 
was  born  in  1570,  emigrated  to  America,  and  settled  in  Weymouth, 
Massachusetts.  Was  living  in  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  in  1647.  He 
afterwards  removed  to  Guilford,  and  finally  to  what  is  now  Killingworth, 
Connecticut,  where  he  died  in  1658.  His  will,  dated  September  2nd, 
1658,  was  proved  December  2nd,  same  year.§  His  son,  John  Meigs, 
(born  in  England  in  1600),  married  Miss  Fry,  (sister  of  William  Fry),  in 
England,  in  1630.  Resided  in  Weymouth,  Massachusetts,  and  in  New 
Haven,  Connecticut,  in  1647  ;  removed  to  Guilford,  Connecticut,  in  1654, 
and  to  Killingworth,  Connecticut,  in  1663,  where  he  was  made  a  freeman 
in  i669."||  Was  a  tanner,  had  a  large  estate,  and  some  books,  of  which 
one  was  a  Latin  and  Greek  Dictionary.  He  died  in  Killingworth,  on 
January  4th,  i672."T[ 

In  his  will,  which  was  probated  in  June,  1672,  the  following  clause 
occurs:  "To  my  nephew,**  Mary  Hubbell,tt  as  her  mother's  portion,  she 
being  dead,JJ  I  give  thirty  pounds,  to  be  paid  out  of  my  moveable  estate, 
part  in  cattle  and  part  in  household  stuff,  with  this  proviso,  she  being 
obedient  to  her  grandmother,  and  living  with  her  to  the  day  of  her — to 
wit — her  grandmother's  death.*'§§ 


•"  The  Genealogical  Dictionary  of  New  Englnnd,*'  Savage,  p.  187,  says:  "  Ebenezer  Hubbell,  New  London, 
(Connecticut >,  came  from  Fairtield  in  IfilM),  Richard  Hubbell,  New  Haven.  1W7,  removed  to  Fairfield,  free- 
man in  16»>4,  was  living  there  IG'JO,  and  also  Richard,  Jr.,  and  Samuel .  i>erhaps  his  s(>ns.  Descendants  are 
numerous."  (Richard,  Jr.,  Samuel  and  Ebenezer,  were  sons  of  Richard  Hubbell,  the  First,  See  Genealogi- 
cal Record  in  this  work. 

t"  Richard  Hubbell  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  to  the  Government  of  the  New  Haven  Colony,  (with 
twenty-nine  other  men),  on  March  7th.  1617."  The  original  entry  is  in  the  handwriting  of  Francis  New- 
man.   SiHj  New  "Haven  Colonial  Records,  HV:38  to  HV4l>;'  p.  13^. 

\\\\  "Judge  Smith's  manuscript.*^,'  now  in  pos.^eHsion  of  Ixiwis  H.  Steiner.  M.  D.,  of  Guilford,  Connecti- 
cut, Richani  Hubbell's  marriage  to  Elizabeth  Meigs,  is  stated  to  have  occurred  between  1050  and  'M.  Their 
9tc(md  eon  Richard,  was  born  in  1654.  (Sec  Guilford  Records).  Con.se* luently  John,  their  elckit  child,  must 
have  beeu  born  about  16,VJ.    We  have  given  KJ-tO-I,  as  tlie  correct  date  of  their  marriage. 

gSee  "Genealogical  Dictionary  of  New  England,"  Savage,  Vol.  III.  pp.  1U3-4.    <^Ibid.    j:ibid. 

(See  "  Winslow  Memorial,"  Holton. 

♦•Nephew  and  neice  were  synonymous  terms  in  that  day,  but  he  evidently  meant  hLs  granddaughter. 

tfMary  Hubbell  married  James  Newton. 

gJohn  Meigs'  Will  is  among  Judge  Smith's  MS««.  in  possession  of  LewLs  H.  Steiner,  M.  D.,  of  Guilford 
Connecticut. 


6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

"  Richard  Hubbell  was  admitted  a  planter  in  Guilford,  Connecticut, 
February  25th,  1653-4  on  purchasing  Samuel  Blatchley's  lots  and  accom- 
modations in  his  steady  and  took  the  oath  of  fidelity  May  4th,  1654.  He 
appears  also  to  have  purchased  the  land  and  accommodations  of  John 
Baldwin  on  October  i6th,  1660,*  and  the  same  work  also  states  that,  in 
1657-8  a  list  was  made  of  the  freemen  of  Guilford,  to  which  the  dates  of 
their  subsequent  deaths  were  added.  When  the  work  went  to  press  the 
date  of  Richard  HubbelFs  death  was  given  as  1692.! 

In  1653  or  1654  he  sold  land  to  E.  Perkins,  and  May  14th,  1655, 
was  living  in  Guilford  and  had  a  cow  killed  by  a  bull  that  had  been  left 
by  Mr.  Whitfield,  and  (Richard  Hubbell)  brought  a  suit  to  recover  the 
loss  ot  the  cow  against  Mr.  Chittenden,*  agent  or  attorney  for  Mr.  Whit- 
field.    The  injury  was  committed  in  the  winter,  of  1654  or  55.J 

In  1656.  Upon  a  petition  presented  by  John  Meggs,§  and  the  desire 
of  Richard  Hubbell,  the  court  abated  John  Meggs  five  pounds  of  a  fine  of 
ten  pounds  that  he  owed  to  ye  jurisdiction,  and  Richard  Hubbell  fifty e 
shillings  of  a  fine  of  five  pounds  that  he  owed  likewise,  and  that  the  rest 
be  forthwh  paide."|| 

On  May  7th.  1662,  Richard  Hubbell  (being  one  of  a  party  that  joined 
Dr.  Bray  Rossiter,  and  others,  in  two  political  papers,  which  were  offen- 
sive to  the  Government  at  New  Haven),  was  tried  for  sedition.  The  fol- 
lowing account  of  his  examination  is  interesting  and   is   given  in  extenso. 

"But  Thomas  Stephens  being  after  accused  by  Richard  Hubbell,  as 
one  yt  drew  him  into  this  business,  did  confess  yt  he  now  sees  yt  he  had 
done  yt  which  he  ought  not  to  have  done,  nor  should  have  done  it  if  hee 
had  considered  it,  and  yt  he  was  sorry  for  it,  and  desired  to  have  it 
passed  by,  and  confest  yt  he  had  grieved  ye  spirits  of  those  among  whom 
he  lives.  It  being  demanded  (yt  seeing  he  was  looked  upon  as  one  of  ye 
heads  in  this  matter,)  whether  he  would  relinquish  these  things?  he 
answered,  yt  soe  farre  as  they  were  any  blemish  to  ye  court  or  any  mem- 
ber of  it  he  did.*[ 


•  Sec  "Smith's  Histor>-  of  Guilford,"  pp.  23,  24  and  27. 

t  1692  is  erroneous,  he  dierl  October  '2M,  1699.    See  "  Records  of  First  Congregational  Church  of  Strat- 
fleld  Pariah."  also  his  "  WiU"  and  "  Inventory,"  {In  ihi9  icork.) 

X  See  "Judge  Smith's  manuscript,"  in  possession  of  Lewis  H.  Steiner,  M.D.,  Guilford,  Connecticut.    The 
suit  is  given  at  length  in  the  Town  Records. 

2  Spelled  "  Meggs"  originally,  afterwards  Meigs. 

\  See  "  New  Haven  Colonial  Records,"  16.33  to  1665,  p.  171. 

f  This  it  must  be  remembered  is  the  examination  of  Thomas  Stephem>,  Richard  Hubbell  was  exam 
ined  afterwards. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  7 

Richard  Hubbell  called  for  examination,  was  told  by  ye  governr 
yt  it  was  ye  courts  pleasure  to  have  those  called  whose  names  were  sub- 
scribed, and  therefore  desired  to  know  whether  he  owned  these  subscrip- 
tions? he  evading  a  plaine  answer,  not  being  able  to  write  himself,  but 
being  asked  whether  it  was  not  with  his  consent,  he  answered,  yt  there 
was  such  a  paper  shewed  to  him  and  he  was  asked  if  they  should  set  his 
hand  to  it,  to  which  he  answered,  if  they  would,  they  might;  ye  first 
paper  was  yt  which  John  Benham  spread,  and  ye  second  was  after  ye 
court's  declaration  to  which  latter  he  sayth  he  remembers  yt  he  allowed 
not  his  hand  to  be  sett  to  it;  but  being  further  questioned  whether  he  joyned 
in  ye  contrivance  of  them  ?  he  answered,  he  had  noe  hand  in  ye  contriv- 
ing of  them,  but  Mr.  Rossitr  drew  up  ye  first,  and  they  desired  him  that 
if  there  was  anything  in  it  to  cleare,  yt  they  could  not  have  subscribed  it 
had  not  Mr.  Rossitr  undertooke  to  manage  it,  and  .he  promised  to  make 
proofe  of  it.  It  was  also  p  pounded  to  him  whether  he  was  any  of  those 
families  in  whose  name  the  p  test  was  subscribed,  he  answered,  not  as  he 
knew  of.  He  was  also  asked  whether  he  did  now  retract  wt  he  had  done, 
or  stand  in  ye  justification  of  it,  or  was  sorry  that  it  soe  spread  abroad 
in  ye  country  to  make  such  disturbance  as  it  hath  done  at  Stamford  and 
South-hold?  he  answered,  that  it  was  only  his  desire  to  have  wt  our  law 
did  allow,  and  noe  more,  and  whatever  is  else,  it  was  besides  his  inten- 
tion, and  he  doth  renounce  and  disowne  it,  and  is  sorry  for  anything  be- 
yond this."* 

Shortly  after  this  political  offense  Richard  Hubbell  and  his  family  re- 
moved to  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut.  He  was  accepted  to  be  made  free 
as  a  resident  of  Fairfield,  on  October  13th,  i664,t  (and  was  made  free  on  Oc- 
tober  loth.  1669)4 

**On  23  January,  1666,  Henry  Jackson  and  '  Goodman*  Hubbell§  were 
appointed  in  ye  room  and  stead  of  '  Goodman '  Odell  and  Thomas  Beachem, 
to  lay  out  a  bit  of  land  granted  to  Thomas  Dickerson."|| 

It  would  appear  from  the  foregoing  that  Richard  Hubbell  knew  some- 
thing of  surveying;  however^  this  fact  is- immaterial,  it  is  proven  by  all  the 
records  that  he  was  a  planter,  a  leading  citizen,  and  an  extensive  land 
owner.  He  was  continually  exchanging,  buying,  and  selling  land  or  giving 
it  to  his  sons.T[ 


•  8ee  "  New  Haven  Colonial  Records,  lfir>3  to  16«ir),"  p.  171 

t  See  "Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,"  Vol.  I,  pages  431-2  and  3.    (In  Appendix  to  IhLs  work.) 

X  See  "  Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,"  Vol.  II,  page  521.    (In  Appendix  to  this  work.) 

\  It  was  a  practice  among  the  early  Puritans  to  prefix  "G<x>dman"  to  the  names  of  their  leading 

men  as  a  mark  of  respect. 

I  Copied  by  the  Author  fh)m  "  Fairfield  Town  Records,"  book  B,  p.  24. 

%  This  fact  is  fully  proven  by  the  "  Land  Records,"  which  contain  numerous  deeds  both  to  and  from 

him. 


8  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

**  On  March  31st,  1674,  Captain  Philip  Scott,  of  Barbadoes,  sold  to 
Richard  Hubbell,  of   Fairfield  County,  the   horseflesh  belonging  to  him."* 

"  On  May  19th,  1675,  the  townsmen  ordered  that  Richard  Hubbell 
should  deliver  into  the  magazine  of  Fairfield,  within  three  months  after 
above  date,  eight  hundred  weight  of  lead,  for  the  use  of  the  magazine  of 
Fairfield,  in  payment  of  a  debt  of  sixteen  pounds  two  shillings,  due  from 
him  to  the  town  treasury  for  a  parcel  of  meadow  land/'f 

The  following  deed  of  land   purchased  by  him  is  very  ancient. 

"  The  Lands  of  Mr.  Richard  Hubbell,  recorded  to  him,  his  heirs  and 
assigns. 

IRichard  Hubbell,  by  way  of  exchange  wth  Henry  Summers,  hath 
purchased  twenty-eight  acres  of  upland,  bee  it  more  or  less  bounded  north- 
west wth  ye  highway  between  Stratfield  and  Stratford,  southeast  wth  ye 
highway  to  Paquanuck,  bounded  northeast  on  ye  Comon,  southwest  wth 
Joseph  Judson  and  John  Beardsley.  Here  in  Confirmation  hereof  ye  Grante 
hath  hereto  subscribed  and  acknowledged  ye  same  before  Captain  William 

Curtiss. 

This  [X]  mark  of  Henry  Summers, 

Witnessed  us  ye  14th,  9m,  1676. 

Jamee  Benitt,  \'' 

John   Minor,  Recorder,  j 

"John  Hubbell§  hath  by  Gift  from  his  father,  Richard  Hubbell,  as 
part  of  his  portion  of  these  general  parcels  of  land  here  recorded :  Impri- 
mis, one  homelot  with  the  dwelling  house  thereon,  the  land  being  in 
quantity  three  acres,  more  or  less,  and  is  bounded  on  the  west  and  north 
with  the  highways,  on  the  other  sides  with  the  land  of  the  said  Richard. 
The  said  John  is  to  mayntayn  the  half  of  ye  dividing  fence  between  the 
aforesaid  lot  and  the  land  of  the  said  Richard,  during  the  said  Richard's 
natural  life.  Alsoc,  one  parcel  of  land  on  said  farm,  being  in  quantity  four- 
teen acres,  more  or  less,  bounded  on  the  north  with  the  common,  on  the 
east  with  the  land  of  Mother  Sherwood,  and  ye  common  on  the  other 
sides,  with  the  land  of  the  said  Richard.  Also,  one  parcel  of  meadow  on 
the  other  side  Uraway  River,  being  in  quantity  two  acres,  bounded  on 
the  south  with  the  land  of  Major  Nathan  Gold,  on  the  west  with  ye  sd 
Richard's  meadow,  and  on  all  the  other  sides  with  the  land  of  Henry 
Jackson.  Also,  ye  sd  Richard  gives  him  an  eldest  son's  proportion  in  his 
interest  in  the  perpetual  common,   nth  January,  1679."! 

*  See  "  Fuirfield  Town  Reconls." 

t  Sw  "  Fairfield  Town  ReoonK" 

X  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "Stratford  Land  Records." 

\  John  Ilublx'll  was  his  eldest  son,  and  dieii  IWK).  of  Muall  jmjx. 

;  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Fairfield  Land  Records." 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  g 

"  John  Hubbell  hath  by  purchase  of  his  father,  Richard  Hubbell, 
these  two  parcels  of  land  hereafter  recorded,  viz :  Imprimis,  one  parcel  of 
land  adjoining  to  his  homelot,  being  in  quantity  three  quarters  of  an  acre, 
being  more  or  less,  and  is  bounded  on  the  north  with  a  highway,  on  the 
west  with  the  land  of  the  said  John,  on  the  south  and  east  with  the  land 
of  the  said  Richard  Hubbell.  Alsoc,  one  parcel  of  land  lying  in  ye  said 
Richard  Hubbeirs  homestead,  and  is  in  quantity  about  two  acres,  more 
or  less,  as  it  is  already  bounded  out,  being  bounded  on  the  west  with  the 
land  of  the  said  Richard  Hubbell,  on  the  southeast  and  northeast  with 
the  common,  on  the  other  side  with  the  land  of  the  said  John,  25th 
April,   1682."* 

In  1685,  Richard  Hubbell  was  named  as  one  of  the  proprietors  of 
the  Township  of  Fairfield,  to  whom  the  "  Fairfield  Patent"  was  granted. 

The  following  is  an  exact  copy  of  said  patent,  and  is  well  worth 
reading,  being  one  of  the  oldest  papers  of  the  kind  in  the  work. 

"  The  General  Court  of  Connecticut  have  formerly  granted  to  the 
proprietors  of  the  inhabitants  of  the  town  of  Fairfield,  all  those  lands  both 
meadow  and  upland  within  these  abutments  upon  the  sea  towards  the 
south  about  seven  miles  in  breadth,  and  in  length  from  the  sea  into  the 
wilderness  twelve  miles,  and  upon  Stratford  bounds  on  the  east,  and  the 
wilderness  north,  and  in  Norwalk  bounds  on  the  west,  only  a  parcel  of 
land  between  their  bounds  and  Saugatuck  River,  that  is  likewise  granted 
to  the  said  Fairfield ;  provided,  the  said  Saugatuck  do  not  exceed  two 
miles  from  the  said  Fairfield,  the  said  lands  having  been  by  purchase  or 
otherwise  lawfully  obtained  of  the  Indian  natives  proprietors ;  and  whereas, 
the  proprietors,  the  aforesaid  inhabitants  of  Fairfield,  in  the  colony  of 
Connecticut,  have  made  applications  to  the  Governor  and  company  of  said 
colony  of  Connecticut,  assembled  in  Court,  May  25th,  1685,  that  they 
may  have  a  patent  for  conformation  of  the  aforesaid  land  so  purchased 
and  granted  to  them,  as  aforesaid,  and  which  they  have,  and  stood, 
seized,  and  quietly  possessed  of  for  many  years  last  past,  without  inter- 
ruption. Now,  for  a  more  full  conformation  of  the  aforesaid  tract  of  land, 
as  it  is  butted  and  bounded  as  aforesaid  unto  the  present  proprietors  of 
the  said  township  of  Fairfield,  in  the  possession  and  enjoyment  of  the 
premises,  know  ye  that  the  said  Governor  and  company  assembled  in 
General  Court,  according  to  the  commission  granted  to  us  by  his  Majestic 
in  our  charter  have  given,  granted,  and  by  these  presents  do  give,  grant, 
ratify  and  confirm  unto  Major  Nathan  Gold,  Mr.  Samuel  Wakeman,  Mr. 
Jehu    Burr,    Mr.   John    Burr,    Mr.  Thomas    Staples,    Mr.  John  Green,    Mr. 


•Copknl  by  the  Author  from  "  Fairfield  Land  liecords." 


lo  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Joseph  Lockwood,  Mr.  John  Wheeler,  Mr.  Richard  Hubbell,  Mr.  George 
Squire  and  Mr.  Isaac  Wheeler,  and  the  rest  of  the  present  proprietors  of 
the  township  of  Fairfield,  their  heirs,  successors  and  assigns,  forever,  ac- 
cording to  the  tenor  of  East  Greenwish,  in  Kent,  in  free  and  common 
socage,  and  not  in  capitte  nor  by  knight  service,  they  to  make  improve- 
ment of  the  same  as  they  are  capable,  according  to  the  custom  of  the 
country,  yielding,  rendering,  and  paying  therefore  to  the  Sovereign  Lord, 
the  King,  his  heirs  and  successors,  his  due,  according  to  charter. 

In  witness  whereof,  we  have  caused  the  seal  of  the  colony  to  be 
herewith  affixed,  this  26th  of  May  1685,  in  the  first  year  of  the  reign  of 
our  Sovereign  Lord,  James,  the  Second,  of  England,  Scotland  and  Ireland, 
King,  Defender  of  the  Faith,  &c. 

By  order  of  the  General  Court  of  Connecticut 

Signed,  Robert  Treat,  Governor. 
John  Allen,  Secretary-."* 

In  1686  Richard   Hubbell  was    appointed    as   one   of  a  committee  on 
behalf  of  the  town  of  Fairfield,  to  make  a  contract  with  John  Jackson. 
The  following  fully  explains  the  nature  of  the  contract : 

"Whereas,  formerly  there  hath  been  a  treaty  between  John  Jackson, 
of  fayerfield,  and  a  commety  of  ye  town  of  fayerfield  in  referants  to  sd 
Jackson's  building  a  com  mill  and  fulling  mill,  and  whereas  sd  com  mill 
is  already  buiit  in  ye  place  thar  disposed  of,  but  agreements  about  ye 
same  are  to  be  perfected. 

I.  It  is  this  day  agreed  by  John  Jackson,  of  fayerfield,  of  ye  one  party, 
and  Mr.  John  Burr  and  Sargeant  John  Wheeler  and  Sargeant  Richard 
Hubbell  on  ye  other  party,  as  a  commety  for  and  in  behalf  of  ye  town  of 
feyerfield,  and  by  them  ordered  as  followeth :  Imprimis  ye  sd  John  Jack- 
son having  already  built  a  grist  mill  upon  Uncoway  revar,  near  the  Camon 
road,  hee  doeth  hereby  ingaged  to  maintain  ye  same  forever,  and  doeth 
hereby  ingage  to  grind  all  grist  yt  ye  inhabitants  of  fayerfield  shall  bring 
to  sd  mill  from  time  to  time,  and  at  all  times  seasonabelly  well  and  so- 
fisiently  unto  good  meal,  hee  to  take  for  toll  only  ye  sixteenth  part  of 
such  grists  so  brought,  exsemting  at  such  times  as  ye  fulling  mill  shall  need 
and  doeth  make  le^s  of  ye  stream. 

2.  Sd  John  Jackson  engageth  to  and  with  ye  sd  Commety  to  erect  and 
build  on  ye  sd  stream  a  fulling  mill  yt  may  be  sofisient  and  well  and 
truly  made  to  full  all  such  cloaths  as  thar  shall  be  ocation  for  and  be 
brought  to  sd  mill,  and  what  cloth  shall  bee  brought  to  sayd  John  Jack- 
son to  full  shall  be  done  well  and  sofisiently  in  season  for  such  prices  as 


•  Transcribed  by  the  Author  from  a  copv  in  the  possession  of  Mrs.   Elizabeth  Hubbell  Schenck 
The  Historian  of  Fairfield.    The  original  is  in  the  Connecticut  State  Library,  at  Hartford. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  1 1 

shall  or  are  ordinarily  given  for  fulling  such  cloth,  and  sd  John  Jackson 
doeth  ingage  hearby  to  maintain  sd  mill  in  servesabell  Condission  for  ye 
end  afore  sd  for  ever. 

In  Consedaration  of  ye  premeses  ye  sayd  Mr.  John  Burr,  Sargeant  John 
Wheeler,  Sargeant  Richard  Hubbell,  ye  foarsayd  Commety  in  ye  behalf 
of  ye  town  of  fayerfield,  grant  to  ye  sayd  John  Jackson  ye  lebarty  of  ye 
sayd  stream  of  Untaway  Revar  to  erect,  build,  make  and  maintaine  and 
improve  sayd  mills  for  ye  ends  aforesayd  forever.  Also  for  his  better  In- 
curedgment  to  goe  on  in  ye  sd  work  of  sayd  mills  as  to  ye  ends  propossed 
ye  sd  Commety  grants  unto  ye  sd  John  Jackson  a  parsell  of  land  adjoining 
to  ye  sd  revar  on  ye  West  side  of  it,  being  in  quantity  by  estemation 
about  eaight  acres  mor  or  les  bounded  on  ye  southwest  with  ye  common, 
on  ye  north  with  a  highway  or  Common,  on  ye  east  with  a  Creek  run- 
ning into  ye  revar,  on  the  southeast  with  ye  revar. 

Also  on  parsell  of  land  on  ye  east  sid  of  Untaway  Revar,  within  ye 
Common  Cut,  and  in  quantity  about  two  acres,  bounded  on  ye  north  with 
a  highway,  on  ye  east  with  ye  highway,  on  ye  south  with  ye  Common, 
on  ye  west  with  ye  revar. 

The  land  thus  granted  is  soly  for  sd  mills,  and  is  heareby  Intailled 
to  them  for  posterity  forever.  Ho  ever  shall  be  ye  suksesers,  Instrukt 
them  in  thar  parformants  of  thar  duty  to  ye  Inhabitants  of  ye  town  of 
fayerfield,  as  is  a  bond  expresed  in  metings,  whearof  ye  sd  John  Jackson, 
in  his  own  name  and  in  ye  name  of  his  heirs,  suksesers,  and  assigns,  and 
ye  above  sd  John  Burr,  John  Wheeler,  Richard  Hubbell,  in  ye  name  of 
ye  town  of  fayerfield,  have  hearunto  Respectively  set  to  thar  hands  this 
first  day  of  January,  1686. 

John  Jackson,  II. 

Signed  and  delivered  in  presents  of  us  as  witnesses, 

Benjamin   Smith,  John  Burr, 

Thomas  Williams,  T.  W.,  Richard  Hubbell,  R.  H. 

This  above  Instrument  or  agreement  beetween  ye  above-mentioned 
parties  was  owned  to  bee  thar  free  act  and  deed,  in  thar  respective  capa- 
seties,  this  6th  of  January,  1686,  in  fayerfield,  befoar  mee. 

Nathan  Gold,  Attest. 

This  is  a  tru  Copy  of  its  originall,  Comparred  and  recorded  this  15  of 
January,  1686,  by  mee. 

Nathan  Gold,  Recorder."* 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  firom  "  Fairfield  Town  Records." 


12  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

In  February,  1688,  he  granted  unto  his  son  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior, 
real   estate    fully   described    in   the   following    deed :     "  Know  all   men   by 
these   presence  yt  I,  Richard    Hubbell,   Senior,  of  Stratfield,  in  ye  Colony 
of  Connecticut,   in    New  england,   have    and    doo    by  these    presents,  fully 
and  freely  and   absolutely  for(    good   Consideration  me  thereunto  mening) 
Give  and  Grant  unto  my  Loveing   Son    Samuel    from    me   and  from  mine 
heirs  for  ever  unto  my   sd    son    Samuel    and    to    his    heirs    forever    these 
several  Parcels  of  Land  with    some    houseing   thereon,   viz,,    one    homelot 
with  the  dwelling  thereon  and  appurtenances,  being  in  quantity  foure  acres 
more  or  less.   Lying  and   being  at   ye    east    farms,  bounded  on  y^e  north- 
west with  ye  common,    on   ye    northeast    and    southwest  with  ye  Land  of 
Mister  Samuel    Sherman,    on    ye  southeast  with    my    owne  Land,  also  my 
pasture  Lot  and  building  Lot,   situated    in   ye    place  afTore  sd,  being  each 
respectively  in  quantyt>'   according  to  ye   Towtis  Grant,  ye  building  Lott 
is    bounded    together   with  ye  sd    pasture    Lott  on  ye    northwest  with  ye 
half  mile  of  Common,  on  ye  southwest  with  ye  Land  late  of  Henry  Jack- 
son,   deceased,    commonly    with    the    common,   on    ye    southeast    with    ye 
highway,  on  ye,    northeast  with    ye    Land  of   Ensign    Matthew  Sherwood 
Also    seven    Acres   of  Land    in    ye    common    field    over    ye    Creek    com- 
monly  called    Lock  wood's    Land,  bounded  on  ye  northeast  with   ye  Land 
of  John  Odell,  on  ye  southeast  with  ye   highwaye,  on    ye  southwest  with 
my  owne  Land,    on    ye  northwest  with    my  owne  medow;  allso  one  par- 
cell  of  medow,  being  in   quantity   one   acre    and   a    half,    bounded    on  ye 
southeast  side  with  my  owne    Land.     I    gave    last    and    in    these    presents 
and  ye  land  of  John  Odell  and  Josiah    Harvey,  and  is  incompassed  on  ail 
other  parts  with  ye  Creek,  with  all   priviledges   and   appertinances  thereto 
belonging,  and  allso  liberty  to   perches  six  acres  of  Land  adjoining  to  ye 
sd  Samuel's  Homlot  out  of  ye  new  lot  of  ye  sd  Richard  Hubbell  at  forty 
pounds  in  provision  pay.  within  one   yeare   after  ye  Decease  of  me,  Rich- 
ard Hubbell,  and  I  do  hereby  explaine  myself  yt  my  meaning  is  as  to  my 
son,  Samjiel  Hubbell,  ye  Grant  herein  mentioned.     //  is  ye  eldest  of  my  sons 
so  named^     In  witness,  my  hand,  this  fourth  day  of  April,  in  ye  yeare  one 
Thousand  Six  Hundred  eighty  and  seven. 

Richard  Hubbell,  Senior.  R.  H. 

Signed,  Sealed  and  Delivered  in  presents  of  us, 

JosiAH   Har\x 

SaMUELL   WlLLSON. 


*  It  ifl  a  rr-niarkuble  fact,  that  Richanl  Hublxjll  had  two  sons  named  Samuel,  both  living  at  the 
time.    For  further  particulare  see  "Gencalo^cal  Record'  in  this  work. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  13 

This    is   a   true   coppy   of  ye  originall,   witnessed   this  3  of  February, 

1688,  by  mee, 

Nathan  Gold,  Recorder. 

Richard  Hubbell,  ye  Subscriber  to  this  Instrument,  acknowledged  ye 
same  to  be  his  free  act  and  deed,  this  3d  of  February,  1688,  before  me, 

Nathan  Gold,  Justice  of  ye  peace."* 

In  1688  he  lost  his  second  wife,t  her  maiden  name  is  not  known, J 
and  ihe  same  year  signed  the  following  marriage  contract  with  Abigail 
Walker. 

"  Whereas    there    is    a   marriage    shortly    to    be    solemnized    between 

Richard    Hubbell,  Senior,  of  Fairfield    and  Abigail    Walker   of  Stratford ; 

these    arc    to   give    notice  to   any  whom  it  may   concern,  that  I  the    said 

Hubbell  doe  accept  and  take  ye  womans  person,  wholly  disclaiming  all  or 

any  part  of  the  estate    moveable  or  immoveable  that   did  pertain  to  Joseph 

Walker    her    late    husband    deceased,  witness    my    hand   this    i6th    April, 

i688.§ 

Richard  Hubbell,  R.  H." 

Richard  Hubbell  and  his  descendants  have  been  so  closely  identified 
with  the  first  church  of  Stratfield,  (or  Pequonnock)  that  a  short  history  of 
it  will  not  be  out  of  place,  and  I  am  sure  will  be  read  with  interest  by 
the  Hubbell  Family. 

IIFor  more  than  fifty  years  after  the  first  settlement  of  Pequonnock, 
or  Stratfield,  the  planters  possessed  no  church  of  their  own,  but  were 
forced  to  attend  service  upon  the  Sabbath  either  at  Stratford  or  at  Fair- 
field. In  the  winter  and  in  stormy  weather  this  must  have  been  very  in- 
convenient. 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  FaffieUl  Land  Records.' 

t  Richard  Hub>>ell  had  three  wives,  a.s  follows:  Ist,  Elizabeth  Meigs,  who  died  before  1672,  according 
to  her  Father's  Will  made  tliat  year.  (Prolmbly  as  early  as  1064.)  2d  wife  maiden  name  unknown,  (her 
chrintUn  name  was  probably  Elizabeth  or  Esther,  both  being  much  used  by  the  Puritans.)  8d,  Abigail 
Walker.    See  "  Genealogical  Record  "in  this  work. 

J  His  second  wife  was  buried  in  the  '  Stratfield  Bur>'ing  Ground  "f  where  her  grave  cnn  be  st^n  at 
the  present  day  (1880),  the  spot  being  marked  by  a  rough  stone  ui>on  which  can  Ije  distinctly  seen  the 
initiklB  "  E.  H.",  and  date  of  her  death  "1688."  Beside  this  ancient  tombstone  is  another  made  of  mica, 
upon  which  can  barely  be  decipheri'd  the  letters  "R.  U.",  but  the  date  has  lx>en  worn  away  by  time. 
These  graves  are  undoubtedly  those  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  his  second  wife.  The  marriage  contract 
between  Richard  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Walker,  widow,  (his  third  wife)  is  dated  "April  16,  1688,"  a  fact  that 
also  proves  that  his  second  wife  died  in  "1688",  it  being  the  custom  to  marry  in  that  day  as  soon  after  the 
death  of  the  preceding  wife  as  practicable.  All  the  old  church  records  of  the  Puritans  show  that  this 
cui^m  was  common,  and  that  the  st'amd  marriage  generally  occurred  the  same  year. 

I  Copied  for  the  Author  by  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hubbell  Schenck,  The  Historian  of  Fairfield,  from  the 
*  Fairfield  Town  Records." 

I  This  brief  history  of  the  church  was  kindly  ftirnished  bv  Major  Wm.  B.  Hincks,  of  Bridgeport,  Conn. 
Mi^r  Uincka  has  In  his  keeping,  all  the  church  records  dating  from  1695,  to  the  present  year  (1880.)  He 
placed  them  at  the  author's  disposal,  an  opportunity  of  which  he  availed  himself,  thereby  obtaining  much 
▼aluable  information  concerning  the  early  members  of  the  Hubbell  Family  that  could  not  have  been 
gleaned  from  any  other  source,    f  Now  within  Town  of  Bridgeport,  Conn. 


14  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Finding  the  long  distance  which  they  were  compelled  to  traverse  on 
each  Sabbath  burdensome,  and  the  place  having  increased  somewhat  in 
size,  application  was  at  length  made  to  the  legislature  for  relief,  and  in 
the  year  1690  ecclesiastical  privileges  were  granted  to  the  parish  of  Strat- 
field.  The  limits  of  the  new  parish  embraced  the  greater  part  of  what  is 
now  the  town  of  Bridgeport,  including  the  territory  which  has  recently 
been  annexed.  It  was  bounded  upon  the  east  by  the  Pequonnock  River, 
south  by  Long  Island  Sound,  west  by  the  course  of  Ash  Creek,  and 
north  by  the  present  town  of  Easton. 

In  the  year  1694  the  foundation  of  a  house  of  worship  was  laid  on 
an  eminence  in  the  upper  part  of  Division  Street,  a  few  rods  south  of  the 
King's  Highway.  The  height  affords  a  pleasant  view  of  the  surrounding 
country,  and  is  still  called  "Meeting-House  Hill."  In  the  mean  time  it 
is  probable  that  the  people  gathered  upon  the  Sabbath  in  a  private  house, 
having  already  provided  themselves  with  a  pastor. 

This  was  Rev.  Charles  Chauncey,  son  of  Mr.  Israel  Chauncey,  the 
Congregational  minister  at  Stratford,  and  grandson  of  Charles  Chauncey,  a 
distinguished  clergyman,  formerly  professor  of  Greek  and  Latin  at  Cam- 
bridge University,  England,  and  afterwards  for  many  years  the  honored 
president  of  Harvard  College  in  this  country. 

Charles  Chauncey,  was  born  in  Stratford,  September  3d,  1668.  He 
graduated  at  Harvard  College  in  1686,  and  commenced  preaching  to  the 
people  of  Stratfield  in  1693,  being  twenty-five  years  of  age  at  the  time. 

A  house  was  built  for  the  young  minister  and  his  wife  upon  the 
northwest  corner  of  Colonel  Burr's  farm.  It  is  no  longer  standing,  but 
the  ruins  of  the  cellar  may  still  be  seen  upon  the  east  side  of  Cook's 
Lane. 

Mr.  Chauncey's  salary  was  ;{!^6o  per  annum,  payable  in  provisions  at 
the  market  rate.      This  sum  was  afterwards  increased  to  £%o  per  year. 

In  June,  1695,  the  new  meeting-house  was  completed,  and  upon  the 
13th  was  opened  for  worship,  Mr.  Chauncey  was  ordained  pastor,  and 
the  Congregational  Church  of  Stratfield  formed  upon  the  same  day.  This 
is  the  church  which  is  now  known  as  the  First  Congregational  or  North 
Church  of  Bridgeport. 

The  meeting-house  had  no  bell  to  call  the  worshipers  together,  but 
they  were  summoned  by  the  beating  of  a  drum.  The  men  carried  arms 
to  defend  themselves  from  the  attacks  of  the  Indians,  upon  whose  fi-iend- 
ship  it  was  not  deemed  safe  to  rely  too  implicitly.  A  sentinel  was  posted 
upon  the  summit  of  the  hill,  where  the  church  was  built,  to  keep  watch 
while  the  services  were  conducted  within.  We  may  imagine  the  savages, 
on  the  day  of  the  dedication,  standing  in  groups  upon  the  top  of  the  op- 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  15 

posite  eminence,  where  St.  Augustine's  Catholic  Church  now  is,  and  which 
was  within  the  bounds  of  their  reservation,  listening  to  the  unaccustomed 
sound  of  the  drum,  and  watching  the  worshipers  assemble. 

The  original  members  of  the  church  were  nine  in  number,  all  males, 
viz: 

Richard  Hubbell,  Samuel  Gregory, 

Isaac  Whe^lei^  Matthew  Sherman, 

James  Bennett,  Richard  Hubbell,  Jr., 

Samuel  Beardsley,  David  Sherman, 

John  Odell,  Jr. 

It  must  be  remembered  that  for  many  years  the  church  organization 
was  the  only  one  in  the  place.  Church  and  state  were  also  more  in- 
timately connected  at  that  day  than  at  present,  and  it  was  in  the  meeting- 
house that  all  school  meetings  were  held,  and  all  secular  affairs,  requiring 
a  gathering  of  the  people,  transacted.  The  recorder  of  the  society  was 
also  ex  officio  a  public  officer,  whose  duties  were  somewhat  like  those  of 
our  town  clerks,  and  upon  the  society's  book  may  be  found  not  only 
minutes  of  ecclesiastical  transactions,  but  of  conveyance  of  real  estate,  and 
sales  of  horses  and  cattle. 

Several  pages  are  filled  with  the  record  of  bargains  of  this  latter  de- 
scription, the  price  paid  being  sometimes  in  cash,  but  frequently  in  another 
sort  of  currency,  as  shown  by  the  following  extract : 

"August  5,  1703,  Sam'U  French  sold  James  Hubbell*  one  horse — black, 
with  Abelle  Binghams  eare  mark,  2  yr  old,  for  the  sume  of  3  sheepe  and 
2  lams.     Samuell  Hubbell,  Sr.,  Towne  Clerke. 

1704  James  Hubbell  exchanged  a  black  horse  yt  he  bought  of  Sam*ll 
French  with  Abel  Binghams  ear  marke,  with  John  Clarke  of  Stratford,  for 
a  sorrill  horse  marked  with  a  halfe  penny  on  ye  foreside  of  ye  off  ear, 
branded  with  F  on  ye  near  buttock;  ye  said  Hubbell's  horse  was  marked 
with  a  halfe  penny  on  ye  underside  of  ye  near  ear  and  a  halfe  penny  on 
each  side  of  ye  off  ear,  with  a  star  in  ye  forehead,  and  a  white  stripe  on 
ye  nose. 

Recorded  by  desire  of  both  parties, 

Samuell  Hubbell,  Sr,  Recordcr."t 

Mr.  Chauncey's  ministry  lasted  for  over  twenty  years,  during  which 
time  both  the  church  and  the  settlement  steadily  increased  in  numbers. 
Besides  the  Sabbath  services  he  was  in  the  habit  of  delivering  a  religious 


•James  Hubbell  was  the  youngest  son  of  Richard  the  Fret,  by  his  second  wife,  and  died  in  1777,  aged  104 
t Copied  by  Author  lh)m  "Society  Book  of  Stratfleld  Parish." 


i6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

lecture  once  in  seven  weeks,  according  to  the  custom  of  the  times.  These 
lectures  must  have  been  solid  affairs,  for  it  was  usual  to  commence  them 
when  the  sun  was  at  least  three  hours  high,  and  they  undoubtedly  lasted 
until  sunset.  On  Sunday  afternoon  the  youth  of  both  sexes  were  as- 
sembled in  the  church  and  catechised  publicly.  No  levity  of  demeanor 
was  allowed  upon  such  occasions,  but  it  appears  that  even  Puritan  young 
folks  were  sometimes  tempted  in  that  direction,  as  is  shown  by  an  entry 
upon  the  society's  record  book. 

"  Voted  that  Nathaniel  Wackle  (Wakeley?)  should  be  the  man  to  look 
after  ye   boyes  a  Sabbath    dayes  in  time  of  Exercise,  that   they  play  not" 

Besides  the  catechism,  **ye  boyes"  were  taught  upon  the  week  days 
to  read,  write,  and  cipher,  at  least  in  the  winter  season,  for  in  summer 
they  helped  carry  on  the  farms.  The  first  school-house  was  built  in  1703, 
near  the  corner  of  Division  Street  and  the  old  road.  It  was  21  feet  in 
length  and  16  feet  wide.  The  school-teacher  stood  only  second  in  estima- 
tion to  the  minister,  and  was  always  dignified  with  the  honorary  title  of 
master.  His  ordinary  compensation  was  40s.  per  month.  All  the  text- 
books used  in  the  schools  were  the  Bible  and  Youth's  Instructor,  which 
last  was  afterwards  superseded  by  Dil worth's  Spelling  Book.  Instead  of 
using  an  arithmetic  it  was  customary  for  the  master  "to  set  sums"  The 
rod  was  used  freely  in  the  schools,  it  being  the  ^popular  opinion  that  '*to 
spare  the  rod  was  to  spoil  the  child."  Who  the  first  school-master  was  in 
the  parish  we  are  not  informed,  but  among  the  first  was  Master  William 
Rogers.  The  agreement  entered  into  between  him  and  the  school  com- 
mittee for  the  parish  of  Stratfield,  in  the  year  17 ID,  is  still  extant,  and  is 
as  follows.  The  members  of  the  committee  that  year  were  Samuel  Hub- 
bell,  Sr.,  and  Benjamin  Fayerweather. 

"  The  said  William  Rogers,  Schoolmaster  of  the  said  Plantation,  is  to 
keep  a  Reading  and  writing  School  in  the  said  Plantation,  to  teach  the 
children  &  Youth  to  Read,  write  &  cypher,  the  terme  and  time  of  Six 
months,  commencing  on  the  first  day  of  the  Instant  Janry  (17 10).  And  if 
said  Rogers  shall  be  wanting  in  said  six  months,  he  is  to  keep  a  night 
school, — ^viz:  five  nights  every  week  (unto)  the  Tenth  day  of  March  next, 
and  the  said  Plantation  is  to  pay  to  (said)  Rogers  the  sum  of  Nineteen 
pounds  as  Provition  pay,  and  the  remaynder  as  hath  been  payd  to  other 
Schoolmasters,  to  be  judgd  by  the  Treasurer  of  the  place,  at  or  before  the 
first  day  of  April  next." 

The  frequent  mention  of  sheep,  and  the  recurrence  of  the  word  sheep- 
masters  upon  the  parish  records  about  this  time,  may  require  some  ex- 
planation.     The  following  is  believed  to  be  substantially  correct. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  17 

The  country  being  well  adapted  to  grazing,  every  farmer  had  his 
flock,  from  whose  wool  the  thrifty  housewife  prepared  the  homespun 
clothing  for  the  family. 

The  care  of  all  the  flocks  in  summer  was  entrusted  to  three  "sheep- 
masters,"*  who  for  many  years  were  chosen  annually.  The  sheep  were 
permitted  to  graze  on  the  commons  under  the  care  of  a  shepherd  during 
the  da)rtime,  but  at  night  were  all  folded  in  a  single  inclosure.  After  a 
time  it  occurred  to  the  prudent  sheep-masters  that  their  revenues  might 
be  increased  by  renting  the  sheep  each  night  to  the  neighboring  farmers 
for  the  purpose  of  enriching  their  land, 

Mr.  Chauncey   died  upon  the  31st  of  December,  1714.      By    his  will 

he  appears  to  have  been  possessed  not  only  of  a  small  estate  in  Lambeth, 

England,  which  his  father  had  left  him,  but  also  of  the  old  homestead  in 

Stratford,  and  of  real  estate,  slaves,  etc.,  in  his  own   parish.      These  were 

^vided  between  his  widow  and  the  surviving  children. 

It  was  some  time  before  a  successor  to  Mr.  Chauncev  could  be  found. 
In  the  month  of  March  following  his  death  the  society  voted  that  Captain 
David  Sherman  should  be  employed  to  go  to  "  Cabruck "  (Saybrook?)  to 
sec  if  he  could  not  prevail  upon  Rev.  Mr.  Noyes,  of  that  place,  to  be 
their  minister.      His  mission  appears  to  have  been  unsuccessful. 

Upon  the  21st  of  June,  171 5,  the  society  voted  to  extend  a  call  to 
Rev.  Samuel  Cooke,  of  New  Haven,  offering  him  a  salary  of  one  hundred 
pounds  sterling,  and  Major  John  Burr,  Captains  James  Bennett  and  David 
Shcnnan,  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell,t  and  Sergeant  John  Odell,  were 
appointed  a  committee  to  treat  with  Mr.  Cooke  and  see  if  he  would  ac- 
cept the  terms  offered.  Whether  the  minister  was  overawed  by  this  dis- 
play of  military  force  or  not  does  not  appear,  but  he  presently  capitulated, 
and  signified  his  acceptance  of  the  call  in  the  following  letter : 

J"To  the  WorshipfuU  Mr.  James  Bennett  and  the  other  Gentlemen  of 
the  Comte  Apinted  By  the  Sosiety  of  Stratfield  to  treat  with  mee : — Gen- 
flemcn,  plas  to   inform   your  Sosiety  that  I  am   Content  to  sarve   them  in 


•"The  Town  gives  power  to  ye  Sheop-Mastere  att  any  time  when  they  Judge  urgent  occasion  to  allow 
t>RDy  yt  shall  kUl  a  wolf  within  a  mUe  where  ye  flocks  are  usually  loldcd,  out  of  ye  town  treasuary  of 
je  doing  wt  may  be  Encouraging  as  they  think  meet,  as  an  addition  to  wt  ye  town  and  Country  do  allow, 
imfidied  they  do  not  give  for  ye  killing  of  each  wolf  out  of  ye  said  Treasury  abouc  twenty  shillings ;  this 

to  stand  till  ye  town  shall  otherwise  order,  Feb.,  1671."  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "Fairfield  Town 
I**     It  is   probable  that  the  sheep-masters  of  "Stratfield  Parish"  also  paid  for  killing  wolves. 

t  Second  sou  of  Kichard  Ilubbell,  the  First. 

^The  bad  spelling  is  probably  that  of  John  Burr  the  recorder,  who  had  a  genius  in  that  direction. 


1 8  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

ye  minestiy  as  soun  as  Convenient  provided  thay  Agree  CharfuUy  and 
unanimously  to  pay  mee  loo  pound  pr.  annum  as  long  as  I  shall  Sarfe 
them  in  that  Capasety,  to  bee  pad  in  Corant  money  of  this  Colony,  or 
provisions  at  the  following  Rates,  viz: 

**  Indin  2s.,  ry  at  2s.  8d.,  wheat  at  4s.  pr  bushel,  porck  at  20s.  pr  cwt, 
and  also  to  provide  me  firewood  annually,  as  much  as  I  shall  have  occa- 
sion for  the  yous  of  my  family,  provided  I  met  with  no  discouragements 
now  unseen.      I  am  Gentlemen  your  harty  wel  wisher  &  humble  Sarvt, 

Samll  Cooke." 

Mr.  Cooke's  terms  were  accepted,  and  he  shortly  came  to  Stratfield 
and  entered  upon  his  duties.  He  took  up  his  residence  in  a  house  nearly 
opposite  to  that  which  had  been  owned  by  Mr.  Chauncey,  on  the  street 
which  is  still  called  after  him — Cooke's  Lane.  Mr.  Cooke  was  a  man  of 
much  dignity,  and  his  people  held  him  in  great  respect.  On  public  oc- 
casions he  always  appeared  in  full  ministerial  costume,  viz :  a  heavy  curled 
wig,  black  coat  and  small  clothes,  shoes  fastened  with  silver  buckles,  and 
over  all  a  large  cloak  or  gown. 

In  1717,  the  building  upon  Meeting-House  Hill  being  found  too  small 
for  the  use  of  the  Congregational  Society,*  a  new  house  was  built  on  the 
northeast  comer  of  Division  Street  and  the  old  road.  This  edifice  was 
taken  down  in  1834,  but  some  vestiges  of  it  yet  i*emain.  The  cost  of  the 
building,  including  a  gallery,  which  was  afterwards  added,  was  ;{!^300.  The 
two  sexes  occupied  opposite  sides  of  the  house,  and  were  seated  by  a 
committee  appointed  for  that  purpose  once  a  year,  according  to  their  dif- 
ferent social  position,  or,  as  the  old  record  quaintly  has  it,  "by  dignity, 
Adge,  and  a  State." 

"September  The  nth,  1723.  Att  a  lawfull  Meating  of  The  Society 
of  Stratfield,  Then  Voted  and  Agreed  With  John  Hubbell,t  that  he  shall 
Cart  mr.  Cook's  fire  wood  for  the  year  Insueing,  and  To  have  teen  pound 
for  His  paines,  and  voted.  That  he  shall  have  his  Money  by  ye  20th  of 
march.  Voted  that  Lieut  Hubbell.J  Serg  Samuell  Summers  and  Searg  Jo- 
seph Booth  shall  be  schoole  Committee  to  heire  and  agree  with  a  Schoole 
master  for  the  year  Insueing,  also  voted  that  Lemuele  Sherwood  Shall  bee 
ye  keeper  for  ye  pound§  for  the  year  Insueing;  also  voted  That  Thomas 

*  See  "  List  of  Householders,"  in  Apj>enflix  to  this  work. 

t  Son  of  Richard  Hubhell  (the  first)  by  his  third  wife. 

X  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell,  son  of  Richanl  Hubbell  (the  first.) 

I  The  Pounder's  Oath.—"  You, .  being  sworn  pounder  for  ye  Town  of  Fairfield  for  ye  year  Ensue- 

Ing  and  until  you  be  chosen  and  sworn  into  your  work,  do  either  of  you  for  your  selves — swear  by  ye 
great  and  dreadful  name  of  ye  eyerlasting  God,  yi  you  will  faith  lully  perfonu  and  execute  ye  office  you 
are  Chosen  to,  without  partiality  to  any  niMU,  and  U)  spend  «>  much  time  in  ye  executing  your  aforesaid 
work  as  vou  shall  Judge  necessarj*  for  ye  pre>ervation  of  ye  fruits  of  ye  fields,  So  help  you  God  in  our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ."  Copied  by  the  Author  irom  "Fairefield  Town  Record."  It  is  probable  that  the  "Society 
of  Stratfield "  used  the  same  form  of  oath. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  19 

Chambers  Shall  Sect  In  ye  west  Gallery  to  look  after  ye  boyes  on  Sab- 
bath days,  to  keep  them  in  Good  order,  for  the  year  Insueing ;  voted  that 
John  Hubbell  Shall  seet  in  ye  front  Gallery  to  look  after  ye  boyes  on 
ye  Sabbath  dayes  to  keep   them  In  Good  order,  for    the  Year    Insueing." 


"Stratfield  the  15th  day,  1730-31.  I  have  received  of  Ephraim  Hub- 
bell,*  Collector,  att  Sundry  times,  In  the  whole,  The  sum  of  one  hundred 
and  Twenty  five  pounds,  in  full  of  my  salary,  payable  aprill  last,  as  also 
Six  pounds  in  order  of  the  Scool  Comtee,  and  my  sheep  money.  I  say 
received  in  full  by  me. 

Samuel  Cooke, 

The  above  said  receet  was  brought  to  record  Janry  the  26th  day, 
1730-3 1. "t  (For  further  records  of  the  family  in  Stratfield  Parish,  see 
Appendix.) 

In  December,  1696,  Richard  Hubbell  deeded  to  his  son,  Samuel 
Hubbell,  Junior,  the  real  estate  described  in  the  following: 

"  Samuel  Hubbell,  Junior,!  hath  had  given  him  by  deed  of  gift  from 
his  father,  Richard  Hubbell,  these  several  parcells  of  land,  viz :  four  acres 
of  his  pasture  lot,  be  it  more  or  less,  lying  in  fairfield,  at  paquonock, 
bound  on  ye  east  and  southeast  with  highways,  on  ye  southwest  with  ye 
highway,  on  ye  northwest  or  north  with  his  own  land,  ye  land  of  Isaac 
Wheeler,  Junior.  Also,  one  parcell  of  land  on  ye  east  side  of  Unaway 
River  in  ye  field  in  quantity  eight   acres,  be  it  more  or  less,   bounded   on 

m 

ye  northwest  with  a  highway,  on  ye  northeast  with  his  sd  father's  land. 
Also,  on  ye  southeast  with  his  sd  father's  land,  southwest  with  ye  land  of 
James  Benit  and  Samuel  Wilson.  Also,  one  parcell  of  meadow  land  in 
ye  field  it  being  in  quantity  by  estamation  about  three  acres,  be  it  more 
or  less,  bound  on  ye  southeast  with  ye  brook,  on  ye  southwest  with  ye 
land  of  Samuel  Tredwell,  on  ye  west  and  northwest  with  land  belonging 
to  ye  heirs  of  Henry  Jackson,  deceased,  on  ye  east  or  northeast  with  land 
of  Samuel  and  Richard  Hubbell.  Also,  part  of  his  sd  father's  long  lot  in 
ye  woods,  it  being  ye  whole  breadth  forty  acres  of  ye  sd  lot  for  him  to 
take  in  any  part  of  ye  sd  lot,  ye  lot  is  bounded  on  ye  rear  or  northwest 
with  ye  wilderness,  beyond   ye   towne   boundry,  on  ye   front   or  southwest 


•  Son  of  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,  who  was  recorder  of  the  "Stratfield  Society"  from  1694-5  until  his 
death,  in  1713. 

+  Copied  by  the  Author  fh)m  "  original;'  on  record,  of  "  Stratfield  Parish." 

X  See  names  of  children  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First  in  "  Genealogical  Record,"  in  this  work. 


20  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

with  ye  common,  on  ye  northeast  with  ye  land  of  Capt.  Sherwood,  on  ye 
southwest  with  a  highway,  8th  December,  1696."* 

According  to  the  Old  Land  Records,  Richard  Hubbell  resided  on 
what  \s  now  known  as  Clinton  Avenue,  between  North  and  Fairfield 
Avenues,  near  the  Stratfield  Burying  Ground,  (where  he  is  buried).  That 
part  of  the  parish  was  called  Pequonnock,  and  is  now  included  in  the 
City   of  Bridgeport. 

He  died  October  23rd,  1699,  aged  about  seventy-two  years. 

As  his  will  and  inventory  are  very  interesting,  they  are  given  in  full, 
as  is  the  will  of  his  widow,  Abigail. 

**  In  the  name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Richard  Hubbell,t  of  Paquonnock, 
in  ye  County  of  Fairefield,  aged  seventy-two  years  or  thereabouts,  being 
at  present  in  perfect  health,  and  of  sound  memory  and  understanding,  do 
make  this  my  last  will  and  testament  in  manner  and  forme  following, 
(viz :)  I  commit  my  body  to  the  earth,  to  be  desently  buryed  by  survi- 
ving relations,  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  Jesus  Christ  my  blessed  Saviour 
and  Redeemer,  and  as  to  what  worldly  estate  God  hath  been  pleased  to 
bless  me  with,  I  doo  hereby  give,  bequeath,  and  will  the  some  as  foUoweth, 
(viz:) 

Imprimis.  I  doo  hereby  ratifie  and  confirme  unto  my  sonne,  John  Hub- 
bell,  decd,;^  his  heirs  and  assigns,  whatever  I  have  formeriy  g^ven 
him  as  by  deed  of  guift  will  appear,  and  to  his  sonne,  Richard  Hubbell,§ 
I  give  ye  sume  of  five  shillings.  I  doo  ratifie  and  confirme  to  my 
Sonne,  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,||  whatsoever  I  have  formerly  given 
him  as  by  deed  of  guift.  will  app.  as  also  I  doo  give  unto  him  five 
pounds  in  provision  pay,  to  be  payd  him  immediately  after  my  de- 
cease. 
It.  I  doo  give  to  Ebenezer  Hubbell,^  sonne  of  my  sonne,  Ebenezer  Hub- 
bell,** fourty  acres  of  land,  to  be  taken  out  of  my  long  lott 
It.  I  doo  give  and  confirme  unto  my  sonne,  Richard  Hubbell,tt  whatso- 
ever lands  he  doo  now  enjoy  of  myne,  and  what  he  shall  see  cause 
to  improve  within  ye  space  of  tenn  years,  of  my   long  lott. 


*  <^opied  by  Author  from  "Fairfield  Land  Records," 

t  In  the  original  will  \\\!a  name  is  spelled  HuburU,  this  is  probably  as  he  pronounced  it.  The  scribe 
who  wrote  the  will  evirl^ntly  ilid  n«»t  know  how  to  spell  the  name,  so  wrote  it  phonetically.  It  is  the 
only  plin:e  that  I  have  f«>and  on  rec«>rd  where  the  name  is  so  spelled.  It  is  spelled  Hubbell  in  the  order 
of  the  pruUite  c«»iirt.  that  app*.-ars  on  the  back  of  the  will. 

tJohii  FIriMU'll  di»'d  l»".'.*i.  of  >nuill  jhix.    \Vu.«  a  Lieutenant. 

J  Huhard  H\i\>^t*:d,  die»l  17.>.  in  Uuutiugt<jn,  i.'ounecticut. 

;  .**amuel  Hubbell,  r^enior,  died  171:5. 

*"  EJ>enezer,  'H«>n  of  Ebenezer  Hubbell,)  died  17'J). 

**  El^enezer  Hubf^ell  dierl  in  New  London,  Connecticut,  1&)S. 

ft  Richard  Hubbell,  Jr..  died  I7:«. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMH.Y,  21 

It  I  doo  give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter,  Elizabeth  ffrost,*  over  and 
besides  what  she  hath  already  had  and  reed,  of  me,  ye  sume  of  Twenty 
pounds. 

It  I  doo  give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter,  Mary  Newton,!  ye  sume 
of  ffive  pounds. 

It  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter,  Martha  Wakeman,|  over  and 
besides  what  I  have  formerly  given  her,  one  heavie  piece  of  eight.§ 

It  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  sonne,  Samuel  Hubbell,  Junior,||  over 
and  besides  what  I  have  formerly  given  him  as  by  deed  of  guift  or 
otherwise  shall  app.  what  land  he  shall  see  cause  to  improve  in  my 
long  lott,  not  hereby  before   disposed  of. 

It.  I  give  to  my  daughter,  Abigail  ffrench,Tf  one  Cow,  and  after  my 
wife's  desease,  Tenn  pounds  of  my  moveable  estate. 

It  I  doo  give  and  bequeath  to  my  daughter,  Sarah  Hubbell,**  ye  sume 
of  one  hundred  pounds  in  currant  provision  pay. 

It  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  three  sonnes,  James,tt  JosephJJ  and  John§§ 
Hubbell,  all  my  lands  not  herein  before  given,  to  be  equally  divided 
between  them,  only  my  sonne  James  to  have  out  of  this  guift  ffoure 
acres  of  meadow  in  the  great  meadow  ;  all  the  rest  of  my  estate, 
reall  and  psonall,  I  doo  hereby  give  and  bequeath  to  my  loving  wife, 
Abigail,||||  during  her  naturall  life,  whome  together,  with  my  sonne, 
Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,  I  doo  make  sole  and  whole  executors  of  this 
tny  last  will  and  testament,  to  whome  my  just  debts  and  legacies 
being  first  payd ;  I  doo  hereby  give  and  bequeath  all  the  rest  of  my 
estate  not  herein  before  given  and  bequeathed,  still  meaning  and  in- 
tending my  wife  not  to  have  anything  thereof  longer  than  during  her 
natural  life. 


*  Elizabeth,  married  Jlrd^  Joseph  Frost,  and  eecond,  Samuel  UuU. 

t  Mary,  married  James  Newton. 

X  Martha,  married  Captain  John  Wakcman. 

2  "  One  heavie  piece  of  eight,"  a  foreign  coin  current  in  the  colony  at  that  day. 

I  Samuel  Hubbell,  Junior,  attended  the  Congregational  Church  In  "  Fairfield  Parish,"  and  as  there 
Are  no  deaths  recorded  on  its  books  between  May  IGth,  161)5,  and  October  17th  1811,  it  is  impossible  to  tell 
when  he  died. 

f  Abigail,  married  Samuel  French. 

•*  Sarah,  married  "  Deacon"  Jodah  Stevens,  same  year,  (1699.) 

ft  James  Hubbell  died  in  October,  1777,  aged  101  years. 

XX  Joseph  Hubbell  died  in  1700,  before  the  age  of  21. 

2)  John  Hubbell  died  in  1774. 

II See  "Genealogical  Record,"  in  this  work. 


22  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

In   witness   whereof,   I   have    hereunto   sett   my   hand   and  seale,  this 
ffifth  day  of  Aprill,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord,  1699. 


Richard  Hubbell,  his  marke. 


Sealed  and  delivered  in  ye  presence  of 

IsAAK   Knapp, 
Jonas  Pitmans/'J 

The  following  is  from  the  back  of  the  foregoing  will: 

'•  November  ye  20th,  1699,  Isaak  Knapp,  Jonas  Pitmans  p  sonally 
apped  before  me  and  made  Oath  that  ye  within  written  instrument  was 
sealed  and  delivered  by  ye  within  named  Richard  Hubbell,  as  his  last  will 
and  testamt  in  their  sight  and  presents. 

Richard  Blacklash,§  Justice." 

The  following  order  of  the  Prorogative  Court  is  also  on  the  back  of 
tlie  will : 

"  Sargt.  Richard  Hubbell||  being  decsd,  an  Inventory  of  his  Estate 
with  A  writeing  in  forme  of  A  will  being  Exhibited  to  ye  Prorogative 
Court  in  Fairfield,  November  20,  1699,  this  Court  do  Approve  ye  sd  In- 
ventory, and  do  order  it  to  be  Recorded,  and  this  Court  seeing  so  much 
of  Inconsistansy  in  said  will,  do  see  Cause  not  to  Allow,  but  do  disap- 
prove ye  sd  Will,  and  therefore  do  not  see  Cause  to  record  the  same ; 
and  this  Court  do  Appoint  and  Impower  Mr.  Samuel  Hubbell,  Sr.,  and  ye 
Widow  Abigail  Hubbell,  Relict  of  sd  Sargt  Hubbell,  to  Administer  on 
sd  Estate,  to  pay  and  receive  all  just  debts  to  and  from  ye  sd  Estate,  and 
to  present,  make,  and  return  an  account  of  ye  Clear  estate  to  ye  said 
Court,  or  when  called  for;  and  they  are  hereby  Impowered  to  place  out 
ye  children  of  ye  sd  Sargt.  to  some  good  trade  at  their  best  discresion." 


*  Traced  flrom  the  original  mark  and  sent  to  the  Author  by  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hubbell  Schenck,  "  Hii^ 
torian  of  the  Town  of  Fairfield." 

t  From  an  impression  In  wax,  made  by  the  same  lady. 

J  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original  Will,  now  on  file  In  "Pn>bate  Court,  in  Town  of  Fairfield, 
Fairfield  County,  Connecticut"  Kichard  Ilubbell's  Will  has  a  very  ancient  appearance,  having  been  made 
oyer  one  hundred  and  eighty  years  ago.  The  seal  is  of  red  wax,  and  contains  the  figure  of  a  Peacock  or 
Crane. 

\  Perhaps  Blackleach 

il  Richard  Ilubbell  was  a  member  of  the  military  company  of  the  village,  with  the  rank  of  sergeant. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


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"An  Inventory  of  the  Estate  of  Sargt.  Richard  Hubbell, 
fairfield  Vilage,  taken  September  3,  1699,  as  followeth: 

to  one  broad  Cloath  Cloake,  ;^3 ;    broad  Cloath  Coat,  £%  ids. 
One  Sarg  Vest,  ;£"!   ids,;  i  ould  Coat,  15s.;  i  ditto,  los., 
One  pair  of  ould  Lether   briches,  ;^i ;   i  pr    of  Shoes,  9s, ;  to 

stockings,  5s., 

to  Linen,  iSs. ;   to  2  hats,  15s.;    I  sword  and  belt,  £\  2s., 
to   I  gun,  ;£'i  IDS.;  to  i  gun  lock,  ids.;    i  vest,  is.;    i  raisor 

2s. ;   bullet  mould,  2s., 

to  books  not  given  before  to-day,  6s.;   to  i  winscut  bedsted,  is. 
to    Curtain    rods  and   Valens,    £\,    5s.;    to    fether    bed    and 

bolster,  £^,,  

to    I    Coverlid    and    i  blanket,  £2 ;    2    pillows    and    Coverlid 

yam,  12s,.         .         , 

3  flock  beds,  £\^  los. ;  2  fether  bolsters,  15s.. 
fethers  and  silkgras,  8s.;  11  sheets,  ;^2  15s.,  . 
6     old    Coverlids,    15s.;     i    blankit,    i6s. ;    2    New  Coverlids 

£2  IDS.  all, 

I  Sale  Coverlid,  15s.;    i  Winescut  bedsted,  £\  Ss., 

I  ould  bested,  los.;     i  Trundle  bedsted,  ids.;    i  ditto,  5s., 

I  cupboard  and  Locke,  1;^"  los. ;   Winescut  Chest  and  box,  £\ 

1  chest,  I2S.;    i  trunk,  Ss. ;    I  Cupboard  Cloath,   12s,;    i  cup- 

board Cloath,  Linen,  is.  6d., 

4  Chairs,  i6s. ;  3  Cushions,  6s.;    i  Small  Table,  los., 

2  Sider  barrells,  4s. ;  2  meat  barrells;  4s. ;    3  halfe  tubs,  4s., 
Old  Casks,  6s.;   2  runlets,  2s. ;   bredtray,  6d  ;    Ridles,  6s., 
2  hanpails,  4s. ;    2  small  butter  tubs,  4s. ;    Cheesefatts,  2s., 
wooden  ware,  4s.;    2  ould  sines,  2s. ;   6  Trenchers,   is.,   . 
i^  bushil,  IS.;    i  great  table,  4s.;  2  spinning  wheels,  los., 
I   hetchel.   ids.;    cranks,  3s,,       .... 
I   sieth,  7s.;    2  sickles,  5d.;   2  new  hoes,   ios„  . 
I  shovell,  4s, ;    i  spade,  5s.,       .         ,         ,         . 

1  mathlock,  6s.;    2  old    hoes,  2s. ;    i   handsaw,   is., 

2  narrow  axes,  los., 

I   ads  5s.;    2  gimblits,   is.;   to  sieth  tackling,  3s., 

ould  gauge  and  chisell,  is.  6d., 

ould  Iron  4s. ;    i  Lb  of  steell,  2s. ;   small  Chain, 

8  sheepshears,  2s.  each 

pincers,  2s. ;  fire  tongs,  3s, ;   tramells,  los., 
firepeall,  6s. ;   hoarsegeers,   ids  ,  . 


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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


2  hoarse  collers,  4s.;   bridle  and  saddle  and  cloath,  £1,  . 

I  pair  of  iron  fetters,  6s 

I  pair  of  stilyards,  14s. ;    pees  hoocke,  2s., 

36  pounds  puter,  at  2s.  6d.  p  lb.,  ^£  los., 

10  pounds  old  peuter,        .  ...... 

I  bear  pot,  5s.;  great  brase  kitle,  £6\   small  ditto,  £1,  . 

I  brase  skillit,  6s.;    i  bras  pan  and  kitle  and  Candlestick,  9s 

I  ould  warming  pan,  los. ;   Cup  and  Salt  Seller,  2s., 

9  spoons,  3s.;   tunell,  6d.,  ...,,.. 

I    iron   pot,  £1  \    ditto,  £\    los. ;     i    iron    kitle,    i6s. :   frying 

pan,  los 

I   Lamp,  2s.  6d. ;   driping  pan,  7s. ;    i  yoake  with  furniture,  3s 
A  Cart  and  wheels  and  boxis  and  bands   and    extra  pins  and 

hingpin,  and  i  all, 

I  great  plow  and  Irons,  £1  los, ;    i  small  ditto  and  shear,   ids 
beetle    and    rings   and    wedgis,   7s.,     16   lbs.    Nailes,    i6s. ; 

diaper  Table  Cloath,  los., 

5  diaper  Napkins,  ss. ;   Table  Linen,  2s.  6d. ;  Salt,  6d.,    . 
4  bushels  wheat,  ;^i ;    50  bushels  Indian  corn,  6s.  5d.,    . 
4  bags,   I  OS. ;   looking-glass,  2s.  6d. ;   to  butter  and  meat,  ids 
to  Wheat  in  ye  barn,  £2]   to  barley  In  ditto,  £1/^, 
To  oats,  £6 ;   to   ry^y  £1  4s. ;   to  flax,  £2 ;   to  haye,  £y, 

1  pair  fat  oxen.  ;^I2;    i  pair  of  working  oxen,  ;£'i2, 
4  Cows    at  £4  pr   pc. ;   4  3-year    old    steers,   ;^I2;   4    2-year 

olds  at  £S, 

2  weekes  Calves,  £1    los. ;    i  sorril  horse,  £$, 

I    horse    £2;   sheep  at  lOs.    pr.   piece,    ;^ii     los, ;    12    lames 
at  ^3 

6  Swine,   £6;    1  grindstone,    i6s. ;     i    Cow-bell,  6s,;    i    Cup- 

board, 8s., 

I  box  Iron,  4s.  6d. ;  i  grater,  i6d. ;  2  Earthen  pots,  is., 
Cart  ropes,  3s. ;   truill,  2s. ;    i  branding  Iron,  2s. ;    i  barrell 

pistoll,  6s., 

I  dwelling  house,  £30;    i  barn,  ;^20,        .... 

4  acres    of  homlot  with  orchard;    i  acre  of  it   at  £$,  swamp 

and  side  hill,  ye  other  3  acres  at  £10, 

4  acres  of  English  meadow,  at  ;^io  per  acre, 

24  Acres  of  Land  in  ye  homestead,  at  £y  per  acre, 
13  acres  of  Land  near  Capt.  Sherwood,  £6  per  acre, 
lij4  acres  of  land,  lot  at  £6  per  acre,     .... 

5  acres  ditto  In  Jackson's  Necke,  at  £S, 


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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


25 


8  acres  of  meadow  In  Jackson's  Neck,  at  8  per  acre, 

6  acres  of  Land  Joining  to  ye  homested,  these  Saml.  Hubbell, 
Sen.,  hath  Liberty  by  grant  from  his  father  to  purchase 
at  ye  sum  of  £^0\  and  said  Hubbell  doth  say  before  us, 
ye  subscribers,  that  he  doth  now  enter  upon  sd  Land, 
and  will  pay  the  purchase,  ...... 

The  long  lot  £6o,  and  all  his  right  in  perpetuall  comons,  £\o^ 
his  right  in  hauls  necke, 

A  parcell  of  land  in  Fairfield,  lyeing  near  or  between  John 
Wakeman's  bam  and  Elnathan  Sanford's  house,  to  say  30 
feet  long  and  20  feet  wide,  fronting  to  ye  highway, 

2  Last  divisions  at  Campo,         ....... 

4^  acres  Wheat  on  ye  Ground, 

I  broad  ax,  8s.;  2  forks,  iss, ;   shealing  ax,  5s.;    10  Lb.  ax,  2s., 


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This    Inventory  taken    pr.    us,  whose    sd    names   are  under  writen  pr. 

order  of  ye  selectmen  of  fairfield. 

Mathew  Sherwood. 

James  Benit. 


The  widow.  Relic  of  Sargt.  Richard  Hubbell,  appeared   in  ye  prerog- 
ative Court,  November  20,  1699,  and  made  oath  to  ye  truth  of  the  above 

Inventory." 

"Fairfield,  March   14th,  1700. 

*  To  be  added  to  ye   Inventory  of  Sargt.  Richard  Hubbell,  deceased, 
as  followeth.     As  ye  widow  presents. 

£  s    d 

To  Two  ould  augers,        .... 

To  draft  yock  with  ye  Eyrrons, 

To  2  bushils  of  flax  at  9  s.  per  bushil,   , 

To  35^  Acres  of  land  at  ;^5  ss.  per  acre. 

To  8  Acres  of  field  Land  at  £(>  per  acre. 

To  I  Acre  and  quarter  of  medow  at 

To  ye  Portion  of  Lot  yt  was  Isaak  Sherwood's, 

Taken  by  us  ye  day  and  date  above. 


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Benitt, 

•  Copied  bjr  the  Author  from  "RecordB  of  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,"  Connecticut 


26  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

£  s.  d. 

Brot.  forward, 736  08  o 

80  07  6 


Total  value  of  his  estate  as  per  inventories,       .     ;£"8i6    15s   6d." 

"  Rec'd  of  Sam'U   Gregory  and  Matthew   Sherwood,   Jun.,    a§    persons 

appointed  by  the  Prerogative  Court  held  in  Fairfield,  March  19th,  17CX),  to 

make  distribution  of  the  Elstate  of  Seargt.  Richard  Hubbell,  my  deceased 

husband,  the  sum  of  Two  hundred  Thirty-five  pounds  Nine  Shillings  and 

Eight  pence  in  houseing  and  lands  and  part  of  Commonage,  and  also  the 

sum  of  Fourty  Two  pounds  Nine  shillings  and  Eight  pence  in  Moveables, 

the  same  being   my  due    proportion    of  said    Estate,   and  also  the  sum  of 

Sixteen  pounds  Thirteen  shillings  and  three  pence,  Pr.  order  and  on  accnt 

of  Josiah  Stevens,  the  same  being  the  present  due   proportion    of  his  wife 

Sarah  Stevens,  her  right  in  said  Estate.     I    say  Rec'd    March   25 th,   1700, 

Pr.  me. 

Abigail  Hubbell."* 

t  "  Rec'd  of  Sam*ll  Gregory  and  Mathew  Sherwood,  Jun.,  as   persons 

appointed  by  the  Prerogative  Court,  held   in    Fairfield,   March   29th,   1700, 

to  make  distribution  of  the   Estate   of  my  father,  Sarg*t  Richard  Hubbell, 

deceased,  the  sum  of  Seventy  seven  Pounds,  Five  Shillings  and  Nine  pence, 

the  same  being  the  present  due  proportion  of  sd  Estate,  in  right  belonging 

to  my  selfe,  as  son  to  sd  Richard  Hubbell,  deceased.     I  say  it  was  Rec'd 

March  2Sth,  1700,  by  me. 

Richard  Hubbell."J 

"In  the  name  of  God  Amen.  The  eleventh  day  of  February,  1705,  I, 
Abigail  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  being  of  Perfect  mind  and  memory,  thanks 
be  given  unto  God  therefor,  calling  unto  mind  the  mortality  of  my  body, 
and  knowing  that  it  is  appointed  for  all  men  to  die,  do  make  and  ordain 
this  my  last  will  and  testament;  that  is  to  say,  principally  and  first  of  all, 
I  give  and  recommend  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  God  that  gave  it,  and 
my  Body  I  recommend  to  the  earth  to  be  buryed  in  desent  christian 
buryall  at  the  discretion  of  my  Executors,  nothing  doubting  but  at  the 
general  resurreciion  I  shall  receive  the  same  again  by  the  mighty  power 
of  God.  And  as  touching  such  worldly  estate  wherewith  it  hath  pleased 
God  to  bless  me  with  In  this  life,  I  give,  demise  and  dispose  of  the  same 
in  the  following  manner  and  form : 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Records  of  Probate  Court,"  Fairfield,  Connecticut, 
t  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Records  of  Probate  Court,"  Fairfield,  Connecticut. 
X  Richard  was  his  second  son,  and  the  oldest  living  in  i700. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  27 

Item.  I  give  ten  shillings  in  money  towards  buying  a  flagon  for  the  com- 
munion table  in  this  place. 

Item.  I  give  all  my  wearing  apparall  to  my  two  daughters,  Abigail  Bos- 
twick  and  Johannah  Odell,  to  be  equally  divided  to  them,  and  if  either 
of  them  die  before  this  will  takes  place,  which  is  at  my  decease,  then 
their  daughter,  or  daughters,  shall  inherit  their  mother's  part;  and  in 
case  'either  of  my  daughters  decease  and  leave  no  daughter,  then  it  is 
my  Will  that  my  daughter  that  hath  out  Lived  of  the  two  above 
named  shall  have  all  my  wearing  apparell  if  she  that  dieth  first  leave 
no  daughter  to  inherit  at  my  decease. 

Item.  I  give  all  the  rest  of  my  Estate  that  I  shall  die  possessed  of,  after 
Just  debts  and  my  funerall  charges  paid,  unto  my  living  son  John 
Hubbell,*  but  if  it  please  God  to  take  him  away  by  death,  And  he 
leave  no  issue  of  his  body  to  Inherit,  then  it  is  to  be  equally  divided 
between  my  three  children,  to  my  son  Robert  Walker,!  Abigail  Bost- 
wick,  Johannah  Odell,  or  their  children,  in  case  any  of  them  dye  be- 
fore this  my  will  take  place.  I  likewise  constitute,  make  and  ordain 
my  son  Robert  Walker  my  sole  Executor  of  this  my  last  Will  and 
testament;  and  I  do  hereby  utterly  disavow  all  other  former  wills 
whatsoever,  Ratifying  this  and  no  other  to  be  my  last  Will  and 
testament,  confirming  that  deed  of  gift  of  a  small  annuity  in  England 
to  my  son  Robert  Walker  and  his  heirs  forever,  to  ye  full  of  his 
portion,  which  deed  of  gift  bears  date  17th  April,  1688;  in  witness 
whereof  I  have  set  to  my  hand  and  seal  the  day  and  year  above 
written;  note  before  signing,  that  my  son  John  is  not  to  inherit  until 
twenty-one  years  or  marriage. 

Signed,  Sealed  and  declared  in  presents  of  us, 

Abagail  Hubbell. 


James  Bennett,  Sen.  I  t-.         i_      ^i_        ^v 

•'  '  >  December  the  loth,   17 17. 

Mary  Bennett,        j 


These  may  satisfy  all  concerned  that  I,  Abigail  Hubbell,  Subscriber  to 
the  within  written  Will,  do  make  and  ordain  this  as  a  Codicel  to  the  same 
not  to  alter  the  within  will,  nor  remove  the  Executor  of  the  same. 
It'm.     I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  two  daughters  Abigail  Bostwick  and  to 

Johannah   Odell,   in  addition   to  what  I  have  given  them  allready  by 
my  Will   aforesaid,  that   is    to   say,  i   Chair,    i    pair   Sheets   marked 


•  John  Hubbell,  died  1774,  was  her  youngest  child  by  Sergeant  Richard  Hubbell ;  her  son,  Joseph 
Hubbell,  by  same  husband,  died  1700. 

t  Robert  Walker,  Abigail  Bostwick  and  Johannah  Odell,  were  her  children  by  her  first   husband 
Joseph  Walker,  of  Stratford,  Connecticut, 


Witnesses,  I  >^^"  Bennett,  Sen., 
/Phillip  Lewiss. 


28  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

with  A.  H.,  2  pillows,  2  pillow  beers  marked  with  A.  H.,  i  small  table 
cloth,  2  towells,  I  new  bason  of  3  pints,  i  quart  bason,  2  pint  basons, 
I  porringer,  i  Stone  Jugg,  i  glass  bottle,  3  Earthen  potts,  i  pair 
drinking  potts,  I  cup,  i  porringer,  i  lamp,  pair  bellows,  i  water  pail, 
I  hand  pail,  and  for  the  confirmation  of  this  Codicell  I  have  Set  to 
my  hand  the  day  and  date  above. 

Widow  Abigail  Hubbell. 
In  presents  of  us, 

declared  and  noted  before  Signing  that 
the  above  particulars  here  given  shall 
not  bear  any  part  of  paying  my  debts 
or  charges."* 

"Mr  James  Bennett  and  Mrs.  Mary  Bennett  appeared  before  the 
Court  of  Probate  held  in  Fairfield,  February  5th,  1717-18,  and  made 
oath  that  they  saw  the  above  Testator,  Abigail  Hubbell  sign  and  seal  the 
above  written  Will,  and  that  they  Judged  her  to  be  in  her  mind  and  un- 
derstanding at  the  time  of  signing  the  same,  and  that  they  aflSxed  their 
names.  Also  the  said  James  Bennett  and  Rev.  Phillip  Lewis  made  sol- 
emn oath  before  the  Court  on  the  date  above,  that  they  saw  Abigail 
Hubbell  signe  the  within  Codicell  and  Judged  her  to  be  in  her  right 
mind  and  understanding  at  the  time  of  signing  the  same,  that  they 
affixed   their   names   thereto   as   witnesses. 

Robert  Walker,  who  was  nominated  and  appointed  Executor  in 
the  last  Will  and  testament  of  his  mother,  Abigail  Hubbell,  late  of 
Stratfield,  deceased,  appeared  in  the  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield, 
February  5th,  1717-18,  and  declared  that  he  would  not  accept  of  the 
trust  of  Executorship  committed  to  him,  wherefore  this  Court  do  ap- 
point and  Impower  John  Hubbell,  son  of  the  deceased  Abigail  Hub- 
bell, to  administer  on  the  Estate,  with  the  Will  annexed,  to  make,  or 
cause  to  be  made,  a  true  Inventory,  and  the  same  to  Exhibit  to  the 
Court   in   Fairfield   within   6   months   next    after  this   date. 

And  John  Hubbell  acknowledged  himself  bound  to  Nathan  Gold, 
Esqr.,  Judge  of  the  probate  in  the  Recognizance  of  ;^  100  for  a  faithfnll 
discharge  of  his  Administering,  According  to  the  above  order  of  Court "f 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Records  of  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Connecticut" 
t  Copied  by  the  Author  fh>m  "  Records  of  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Connecticut" 


BIOGRAPHICAL  SKETCHES. 


JOHN  HUBBELL,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut, 
son   of   Richard  Hubbell    and   Elizabeth  Meigs,   was    bom    in     New 
Haven,  (New  Haven  County,)  Colony   of  Connecticut,  in  1652. 

He  was  raised  in  Guilford,  Connecticut,  and  it  was  there  he  spent 
his   early  youth. 

The  history  of  Derby,  Connecticut,  says :  that  "  John  Hubbell  was 
one  of  six  men  to  whom  were  appointed  by  the  Cotirt  fifty  acres  of 
land   near  the   Old   Fort,   on  the  east  side   of  the   Housatonic  river," 

**  At  a  Town  Meeting,  February  18th,  1683,  the  town  granted  to  said  John  Hubbell, 
twenty  acres  of  pasture  land,  upon  the  northwest  side  of  ye  east  hill  near  Woodbury  old 
path,   pioyided  highways  be  not  hindered. 

On  March  2nd,  1688,  the  town  of  Derby,  Connecticut,  granted  to  Mr.  John  Hubbell, 
a  fifty  acre  allotment  in  the  neck,  (viz),  that  lot  formerly  granted  to  Josiah  Nichols  and  after- 
ward to  Johnathan  Nichols,  this  land  was  granted  to  ye  said  Hubbell,  provided  he  come  to 
Derby  this  next  April  or  May  with  his  family  and  settle  a  consistent  inhabitant  for  the 
full  time  of  seven  years,  to  be  fViUy  issued  upon  ye  place,  and  also  to  build  a  sufficient 
house,  (viz),  a  tenantable  house  to  entertain  a  family,  great  or  small,  and  also  to  pay  ye 
purchase  money  of  ye  said  land  to  the  town,  or  unto  such  as  ye  said  town  shall  ap- 
point, if  it  do  not  appear  to  ye  town's  satisfaction  it  be  already  done,  and  also  to  pay  ye 
minister's  rate  now  due  from  ye  said  lot,  and  all  other  charges,  with  the  rest  of  the  in- 
habitants."* 

In  January,  1683,  he  became  the  owner  of  the  land  described  in  the 
following  ancient  deed : 

t"  Know  All  Men  p  these  presents,  yt  J.  Samuel  Sherman,  Senr,  of  Stratford,  in  his  Maisteys 
Colony  of  Connecticut  in  new  england,  have  aleinated  and  sould  &  doe  p  thes  preseance  sell,  alinat 
and  set  afar  from  Me  and  from  My  heirs,  to  John  Hubbell,  of  Derby,  in  ye  Coliney  aboue  sdd  and  to 
his  heirs  and  assignee  for  ever :  for  a  valuable  Consideration  of  Land  to-day  Received  of  ye  sdd 
Hubbell  p  way  of  exchange :  Thes  seural  parcels  of  laad  her  after  Mentioned  :  lu  priraci,  My  home 
Lot  Lying  next  to  ye  home  Lot  of  Samll  black' n  deccsod,  apertains  to  Adam  Biackman,  Sen.  to  ye 
sad  Samll  Biackman  :  My  sadd  home  Lot  I  Mack  ofer  to  ye  aboue  sad  hubbell,  with  all  ye  bilding 
an<i  trees  thareon,  with  the  siderpres  &  house  thare  to  belonging,  ye  sadd  home  lot  in  quantity  three 
akers,  &  is  boundn  on  ye  north  with  ye  highway,  one  ye  east  with  ye  Land  of  ye  sad  Biackman,  one 


*  From  *'  DcTby  Land  Records." 

t  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original  deed  now  in  possession  of  Richard  Henry  Hubbell,  of 
Huntingdon,  "  Upper  White  Hills,"  Connecticut. 


30  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

ye  south  with  My  own  Laod,  one  ye  west  with  ye  Land  of  my  son  Nathanill :  as  also  one   pereall 

Land  adioyning  to  ye  south  end  of  ye  aboue  said  home  Lot,  being  in  quantety  two  akers.  and  is 

bounded  on  ye  noh  with  ye  abou  sdd  Land,  one  ye  east  with  ye  land  of  the  abousaid  Blackman,  one 

ye  south  and  west  with  My  own  Land  :  as  also  one  percel  of  Land  and  Medo  Ling  at  the  south  end 

of  My  paster,  being  in  quantity  fifteen  akers,  and  is  bounded  one  ye  east  with  ye  Land  of  Mr. 

Richard  Blacklig,  and  on  ye  south  with  ye  land  of  Joseph  Bersley,  and  one  ye  west  with  the  Crick, 

on  ye  north  With  My  owne  Land:  as  also  one  pereall  Land  Lying  at  ye   foot  of  Stoney  Creek  hill, 

being  in  qpantety  fouer  akers  and  half,  Mor  or  Les,  And  is  Bounded  one  ye  Noh  with  the  Land  of 

Joseph  Baraley,  and  one  ye  east  with  ye  highway,  and  one  ye  south  with  the  Land  of  John  Wilcoka, 

8enr,  &  one  ye  south  with  ye  medo  of  ye  aboue  said  Blackman :  as  also  one  pece  of  Land  Lintr  one 

Stoney  Creek  hill,  being  in  quantety  three  akers  and  half,  More  or  Les,  Bounded  one  the  North, 

west  and  south  with  ye  highway,  and  one  the  east  with  ye  land  of  Thomas  wels  :  as  also  one  Parcell 

Medo  Lyng  in  the  new  paster,  being  in  quantety  two  Akers  and  halfe,  all  the  aboue  said  parsels  of 

Land  and  Medo  I  have  sould  to  the  said  John  hubbell  and  to  his  ht^irs  and  asignes,  to  I  may  and 

poses  as  his  owne  free  Land,  to  I  may  with  out  any  Sett  Claim  or  Molisstation  from  the  Day  of  the 

Date  herof  foreuer,  Affirming  My  selfe  to  be  the  treu  propriater,  and  to  haue  Lawfull  reight  to  sell 

the  primases,  and  I  Do  free  And  Exonerat  all  the  said  parcels  of   Land  and  bilden,  with  all  the 

priualiges,  Commonagus  and  appurtances  Belongin  to  the  primases,  or  aney  waye  thare  unto  apur- 

taining  from  all  former  bargins  sales  and  Incumbrances  what  so  euer,  and  now  the  said  Land  Medo 

and  other  eya  primaces  is  to  be  Recorded  in  the  name  and  to  the  propiiy  of  the  said  John  hubbell.     In 

Witness  whare  of,  I  haue  hereunto  Set  to  My  hand  this  nintenth  Day  of  January,  one  thousand  six 

hundred  and  Eaightey  and  three. 

Samuell  Sherman,  Sexr.  Owner. 
W^ittnis :  Signed  and  Dleued  in  presance  ot  us. 

Stephen  Burritt, 

Nathaniel  Sherman." 
Recorded  in  folio  51 G. 

In  1678  he  lost  a  finger  evidently  in  the  service  of  his  country,  as  is 
shown  by  following  clause : 

"The  General  Court,  May  13,  1678,  granted  to  John  Hubbell,  in  consideration  of  his  loss  of 
one  of  his  fingers  and  cure,  &c.,  one  hundred  acres  of  lands,  provided  he  take  it  up  where  it  may 
not  pijudice  any  former  grant  to  a  plantation  or  perticular  person."* 

After  receiving  from  Governor  Robert  Treat  his  commission  as  Lieu- 
tenant (a  fac-simile  of  which  appears  on  the  opposite  page),  he  embarked 
for  Albany,  about  seven  weeks  after  the  Schnectedy  massacre,  and  was  in 
discharge  of  his  duties  when  attacked  by  that  loathsome  disease,  small- 
pox, from  which  he  died.  He  was  buried — strange  as  it  may  seem — in 
full  uniform,  and  a  stone  bearing  his  initials  and  the  year  of  his  death 
(1690)  was  placed  above  his  grave. 

The  Indians  with  whom  he  was  engaged  in  conflict,  disinterred  his 
body  at  night,  and  appropriated  to  their  own  use  his  uniform. 

The  effect  was  terrible,  and  must  have  satisfied  the  Cololonial  Gov- 
ernment that  Lieutenant  John  Hubbell  was  an  efficient  officer  even  in 
death,  for  half  the  tribe  fell  victims  to  their  cupidity,  and  died  of  small- 
pox. 


*  See  C/Oloniul  Records  of  Connecticut,  Vol.  Ill,  p.  6.    (In  Appendix  to  this  work.) 


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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  31 

The  clergy  made  good  use  of  the  horrible  catastrophe,  and  many 
sermons  are  said  to  have  been  preached,  of  which  his  untimely  death  was 
the  text."* 

''  An  Inventorj  of  the  Estate  of  Lieut.  John  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  deceased,  taken  by  us  as 

it  was  appointed,  this  13th  October,  1090 : 

£>.     8.     d. 

Imprimis  to  weareing  Apparill, 06    05    0 

It.     to  two  guns, *  .         .  03    00    0 

It.     to  Bible  and  other  Books, 01     10    0 

It.      to  Bedstead,  beds,  and  beding, 17000 

It.     to  A  Cupboard,  Chest,  and  Box  or  truck, 03    00    0 

It.     to  Sheets  and  pillow  bears  and  Table  Cloath, .         .  04     15    0 

It.     to  Tables  and  Chairs  and  forms,      .         .         , 0  >     18    0 

It.     to  Iron  Pots, 10    00     0 

It.     to  Tramill  tongs,  pot  hooks, 00130 

It.     to  Brass  Skails, 01     10    0 

It.     topewtir,       , 08    03    0 

It.     to  wooden  and  £arthen  wear, .  01     06    0 

It.     to  A  warming  pan, 00     15    0 

It.     to  Wheels  and  Sienes,     ,        . 10    08    0 

It.     to  tackling  for  A  teen, 05     14    0 

It     to  two  axes  and  saws, 00     18    0 

It.     to  Sheeps  wooll, 01     00    0 

It.     to  one  ox  and  four  Cows, 21     00    0 

It.     to  Horses  and  Mares, 17     q^    ^ 

It.     ta  three  yeare  olds , 39    00    0 

It.     to  other  young  Catle, 08    00    0 

It.     to  fine  Swine,         .         .         ,         .        , 07     10    0 

It.     to  forty  sheep, 20000 

It.     to  Wh^t  in  ye  Bam, 30    00    0 

It.     to  oats  in  ye  Barn, , 06     00    0 

It.     to  flax, - 02     00    0 

It.     to  Wheat  upon  ye  Ground, 06     00    0 

It.     to  Build. ugH,  Uplands  and  meadow,        .         .         , 470     00     0 

It.     to  A  fan, 00    05     0 

It.     to  A  sickle,  A  pitch  forke,     .         .         , 00     10    0 


£698     158.  Od. 
Two  sons  and  A  daughter  under  age. 

Margary,  9  yr  of  age.  Samuell  Sherman, 

Richard,  6  yr  of  age.f  Damell  Pickett. 

Josiah,  two  yrs  of  age.  J 

Patience  Hubbell,  widow,  Relic  of  Lieut.  John  Hubbell,  deceased,  sworn  to  truth  of  ye  above 

Inventory,  and  if  anything  come  to  hand  belonging  thereto  it  shall  be  added,  this  22  of  November, 

1690. 

Before  me,  Nathan  Gold,  Oerk."J 


•  Written  from  facts  narrated  to  the  Author  by  Ilezekiah  Hubbell,  of  Uuntington,  "  Upper  White  Hills," 
Connecticut,  a  great-great-grandson  of  Lieutenant  John  Hubbell. 

t  Lived  In  Stratford.    Died  1758. 

X  Lived  in  Stratfleld.    Died  1752. 

I  Copied  by  the  Author  flrom  the  original,  now  on  file  In  "Probate  Court,  at  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut." 


52  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY 


-Tiie  iBTdLtcrr  of  je  Eenxit  of  lient.  Jolm  HiiM«eI]  was  Exhibeted  to  A  9pe«hall  Court, 
Ltfud  ht  iiLirfifsld,  tids  i'4ili  daj  of  Novemlicr.  lO^K  ft&d  re  «»d  Oi  apprvrAh  thereof  and  ordereth  it 
u>  t«  i>i0-irQ«d.  fMud  Hublifrll  dieiop  inief^uiie  <d  Conn  afipcdst*  Mr.  Joedah  Xicbols  and  SamueQ  Hab- 
beli  Mu-  iriiL  jc-  iridcir.  Bcilici  of  jtr  sa5d  lieut.  Habbeill,  Ui  ftdxuinisacr  on  re  sd  E«ax«,  and  defend 
it  Ircnu  eui>.iez«QsieiiU  t:>  imj  ani  B<eirard  all  Just  debts  due  to  an  from  re  said  Estate,  and  take  Care 
of  Tt  ^.Mldrezi.  aad  Eetnm  an  aoccnmi  to  re  next  C'CmiTT  C-cnm  in  Mardi  for  a  settlement/" 

*'  Wbercaaf,  tbe  Ckhzii  in  Fairfield,  Sefiicimber  2->d.  K»£«l,  made  a  settlement  of  je  Estate  of 
laeutt^kiu  Joliii  Hubbell.  deoea»ed.  and  gare  io  re  widov.  Betliei  of  $d  Hnlibell,  £124  out  of  ye 
mvraitile  part  of  *«d  £<(La3e  and  Samuel  Hawler.  of  Straifoinl.  bating  nnoe  married  jre  sd  Widow,  sees 
cause  In  Bi^t  of  Limself  and  Li«  wife,  and  doib  informe  re  prerogaxire  C-ourt  in  ftdrfield,  this  20  of 
Norember,  l*jC-»?-  iLat  be  doth  RcliDguisb  £Nr»  pcaindf  of  je  sd  moTali^  part  of  je  Estate,  and  desire 
tbax  re  Court  would  make  f^ttlemexit  tberectf  aor(«rding  t<i  law.  wlueh  £85  the  Court  do  distribate  as 
foUowetii :  Imiirimis  re  Eldest  son  t^o  bare  a  donlile  pctrtion.  and  jre  next  son  and  je  daughter  to  hmre 
f  <ji2«I]  and  single  portions  om  of  re  said  moTa.bles,  which  l*riog  all  of  je  cbOdren,  and  this  oourt  do 
detdre  and  appoint  re  abore  said  Mr.  Samuel  Hawler  and  Mr.  Samuel  Hubbell.  Senior,  of  Fairfield, 
Ut  make  distribaiion  of  je  sd  morables  aeoording  to  this  ord^  of  Court." ""^ 


RICHARD  HUBBELL,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Meigs,  was  bom  in  Guilford, 
New  Haven  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1654,  and  moved  to  Fair- 
field  County  with  his  parents  when  about  eight  years  of  age. 

He  was  a  wealthy  planter  and  held  many  offices  of  trust.  Was  one  of 
the  nine  original  members  of  the  First  Congregational  Church  of  Stratfield 
Parish.  Was  a  Lieutenant  (For  additional  &cts  concerning  him,  see  ab- 
stracts from  "Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,"  and  "'Society  Book  of 
Stratfield  Parish,"  in  Appendix  to  this  work.) 

The  silver  tankard  he  willed  to  the  church,  is  still  in  use.  It  is 
valued  in  the  inventory  of  his  estate  at  ^."55,  and  is  of  ver>^  elegant  work- 
manship, as  can  be  seen  from  the  engraving  on  the  opposite  page. 

*•  In  ye  name  of  Go-i  Amen.  I.  Richard  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield.  Being  at  this  time  In  Good 
HeltL.  tfarougfa  (j*A's  goctdness  to  me,  an<l  Calling  to  mind  ye  weakness  and  frailty  of  mankind,  and 
in  pfrticknlar  My  owne  frailty  and  ye  uncertainty  of  my  l>ays  here  on  Earth,   Lk)  Make  this,  my 

\jL«i  Will  And  Testanjent  in  maner  and  f^rm  as  foUoweth : 

Iht.  I  Gire  and  bequeath  my  Predion?  and  Immortal  Soule  Into  the  Hands  of  Almighty  God  that 
^jaTe  it.  In  Hoj*  *A  Parlon  And  accept-ance  Thn.«ugh  ye  merits  and  Interaesion  of  ye  Lord 
JeKu?  rhrisi  my  .Vlone  Savior  and  Redeemer,  And  my  R»»dy  I  Commit  to  ye  Earth  to  be  desently 
int*rre«j.  at  ye  discresionof  my  Ex'tor.  or  Ex't^rs.  hereafter  named,  nothing  doubting  but  Ishall 
Receive  the  eame  again  in  ye  General  Resurrection  of  ye  just  to  Inherit  Ererlasting  Life  through 
Jet>uii  Christ  mv  Redeemer. 


•  O.'pied  by  the  Author  from  the  original,  now  on  tile  In  *•  Probate  Court,  at  Fairfield,''  Fairfield  County, 

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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  33 

And  as  for  ye  worldly  Goods,  it  hath  Pleased  God  to  Give  me,  I  do  hereby  Give  and  Dispose 
of  In  manner  and  form  following.  After  my  Just  Debts  And  funarall  Expenses  are  paid,  my 
Will  Is,  and  T  do  hereby  Give  my  Silver  Tankard  to  the  Church  of  Christ  in  Stratfield,  for  ye  use 
of  ye  Lords  Tabell. 

I  Give  to  my  Wife  that  I  shall  Leave  my  Widow,  one  third  part  of  my  Movable  Estate  After  my 
Just  debts  are  paid,  to  be  hers  forever,  and  the  use  of  one  half  of  my  house  and  bam,  and  ye  use 
of  all  my  Hom  Lot  and  orchard.  And  also  ye  Square  meadow,  so  called  by  Richards  hom  Lot; 
also  ten  acres  of  land  in  ye  field  next  to  Stephen  Hubbells,^  to  be  for  her  use  During  her  Life 
that  is  of  ye  Plow  Land. 

I  Having  Already  Settled  my  Eldest  Son  Peter  Hubbell,f  at  Newtown,  And  Given  him  What  I 
then  thought  was  a  doubell  part  of  my  Estate,  I  Giving  him  a  whole  Right  in  sd  Township.  I 
also  Give  him  what  I  did  for  him  in  Seating  him  there,  which  may  be  sen  on  my  book,  page  18, 
Which  is  forty  one  Pounds  besides  his  Right  in  ye  whole  Township ;  also  I  Gi?e  him  two  thirds 
of  my  Copper  mine,  a  Littell  below  ye  pine  Swamp  at  ye  Uper  End  of  Stratfield  Bounds,  ye 
other  third  thereof,  I  have  sould  to  Richard  Whitne — morover  1  Give  him  five  Pounds,  to  be 
paid  by  my  Excutr  or  Executs  to  him  and  His  heirs  forever ;  also  my  Great  Looking  Glace. 
Having  Already  given  my  son  Ebenezerj:  ye  house  and  lands  he  now  Lives  on,  do  also  Give  him 
About  fifteen  acres  of  Land,  be  it  mor  or  Less,  at  A  place  cald  Clabom  Hill,  In  Stratford  bounds 
Joyning  to  ye  Highway,  which  he  now  Injoys ;  Also  I  Give  him  ye  first  half  mile  of  my  Long 
Lot  Above  Round  Hill,  in  Cracros  neack,  this  to  be  his  portion  of  Land,  To  be  to  his  heirs  for- 
ever, besides  his  trade,  for  which  he  served  seven  yers  to  a  shoemaker  &  taner. 
I  having  already  Given  my  son  Jonathan^  a  whole  Right  at  Newtown  and  a  pair  of  oxen,  a  Cow 
and  many  other  things,  to  seat  him  up  there ;  moreover  I  Give  him  £5  pounds,  to  be  paid  by 
my  Extrss,  to  be  his  wholl. 

I  Having  by  deed  of  Gift  Given  my  son  Zachariah  Hubbell,||  llie  House,  bame  and  hom  Lot 
that  was  my  Honoured  Fathers  And  6}  acres  of  Land  in  ye  feeld.  And  paid  £112  to  mr  Pack,  of 
newtown,  for  his  house,  barne  and  hom  Lot.  Zachariah  bought  at  Stratford  of  sd  Pack  and  paid 
for  him  £35  to  Magor  Burr,  and  I  do  Morover  Give  him  ye  one  halfe  of  my  new  dweling  Hous 
and  Bam,  To  be  his  at  my  deses,  and  ye  other  half,  I  having,  with  the  use  of  my  Home  Lot  and 
Orchard,  Given  my  wife,  which  at  hir  deoeas  to  be  his ;  and  Morover  I  give  him  my  Land  and 
fresh  meadow  Cald  ye  Larg  medow,  down  in  ye  field  as  you  go  to  Black  rock,  so  cald,  taking  in 
all  ye  plow  land,  fVom  Stephen  Hubbells  Land  to  ye  South  End  of  ye  bars  At  ye  fir  End  of  ye 
Long  meadow  and  so  to  run  acres  to  Lands  to  ye  Crook  of  ye  Ditch  between  my  Land  and  Saml 
Golds  meadow,  where  it  runs  Down  to  ye  main  Crick  ;  Also  I  Give  him  my  Land  and  meadow  in 
Jacksons  neack,  so  called,  ther  being  about  5  acres  of  Land  And  two  of  Salt  meadow  Acyoyning 
to  sd  Land ;  Also  I  give  him  ye  one  half  of  my  Division  of  Land  at  ye  front  of  ye  Long  Lot  for 
fier  wood.  The  other  half  to  be  my  son  Richards.  Also  I  Give  him  my  Lott  And  Bam  at  Sport 
Hill,  from  Joseph  Hubbells  Land  at  ye  barn  up  to  the  Land  I  sould  to  Capt.  Saml  Sherwood,  Desest. 
Also  I  Give  him  ye  one  halfe  of  my  Comonage,  and  also  my  Silver  headed  cane,  and  to  his  Son 
Phineas  Hubbell  ye  Last  halfe  mile  of  my  Long  Lot  next  ye  Reaver ;  it  is  to  be  remembered  my 
wife  is  to  have  ye  use  of  10  acres  of  Land  in  ye  land  next  Stephen  Hubbell  during  hir  Life.  It, 
the  sd  Land  this  to  be  his  wholl  portion,  to  be  to  him  and  his  heirs  forever. 
To  My  Son  Richard^  I  give  besides  what  I  have  Given  him  and  dun  for  him  to  say,  I  give  him 
ye  Squair  medow  by  his,  when  my  wife  Leaves  it  and  also  ye  pastar  over  against  his  House, 


*  Son  of  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior. 
t  Lived  in  Mewtown,  Connecticut,    Died  1780. 
X  Lived  in  what  is  now  called  Easton,  Connecticut.    Died  1761. 
{  Lived  in  Newtown,  Connecticut.    Died  1766. 
I  Lived  in  ''Stratfield  Parish,"  Connecticut 

\  Lived  in  "  Stratfield  Parish"  Town  of  Fairfield,  Conn.,  was  Deacon  of  "  First  Congregational  Church," 
led  1797,  aged  98. 


34  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

being  12}  acres;  And  SeTen  acres  of  Land  in  ye  field  Joining  to  Sargnt  Odells  medow.  Also 
all  my  Land  beyond  that,  I  gaye  to  Zachanah  beyond  ye  Long  Meadow  bars  bounded  on  ye 
Ileighway  and  pasturage  Land  and  Salt  meadow,  being  in  quantity  about  twenty  acres,  mor  or 
Less,  also  ye  other  half  of  ye  front  of  my  Long  Lot  for  fier  wood,  and  also  ye  other  half  of  my 
Comons  with  all  ye  Remainder  of  my  Long  Lot  not  before  disposed  of — Except  what  I  shall  have 
nesesety  to  sell  for  my  Liveliwood  during  Life,  and  all  ye  remainder  of  my  Estate  reall 
personall.    To  him  and  His  heirs  forevar  after  Just  debts  and  Legacies  are  Paid. 

8 .  Having  Already  Annuated  and  Seatled  my  son  Eleazer*  in  Reall  &  Personall  Estate,  to  ye  value 
of  fouer  Hundred  and  fifty  Pounds.  By  Deeds  of  Gift  and  otherwise  moroyer,  I  give  him 
fifty  pounds  to  be  paid  by  my  Exectrs  hereafter  named  or  ye  second  halfe  mile  of  my  Long  Lot 
Above  Round  Hill  in  Creesos  Neack,  so  cald  to  be  to  him  and  his  heirs  forever. 

9.  As  to  my  Son  Nathanielf  Having  brought  him  up  at  ye  Colege,  J  wherby  he  is  Capabell  of  a  Sof- 
ficent  maintainance  and  is  well  seatled.  In  ye  ministry  in  ye  GarseyJ  and  Having  Given  him 
many  other  Gifts  In  addition  whereunto  I  Give  him  twenty  Pounds  to  be  paid  by  my  Extra  to 
be  his  wholl. 

10.  1  Give  unto  my  Daughter  Elizabeth,  in  Addition  to  what  she  has  already  had,  ye  sum  of  ten 
Pounds  to  be  paid  hir  by  my  Extrs. 

11.  I  give  to  my  daughter  Margary  in  addition  to  what  she  has  alredy  had  ye  sum  of  ten  pounds, 
to  be  paid  by  my  Extrs. 

12.  I  give  to  my  daughter  Abigail  in  addition  to  what  she  has  alredy  had  ye  sum  of  five  pounds, 
to  be  paid  by  my  Extrs. 

I  do  hereby  make,  ordain  and  apoynt  my  well  beloved  sons,  Richard  and  Zachariah,  to  be  my 
Soull  Executors,  of  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament. 

In  .witness  to  all  ye  Above  Articles  and  parts,  I  have  hereunto  Seat  my 
hand  and  Seall,  this  12th  day  of  November,  1734. 

Richard  Hcbbell,   [SeaL]^ 

Signed  and  seld  in  the  presence  of  us.  This  5th  day  of  May,  1735. 

Israel  Ciiavncey, 
William  Honsi>ox, 
Robert  Cuauncey." 

'*  At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield,  Augutt  ye  8th,  1  738,  William  Hodsdon  and  Robert 
Chauncey,  Witnessss  to  ye  foregoing  will,  personally  Appearing  made  Solemn  Oath,  that  they  Saw 
Richard  Hubbell  Signer  and  Sealer  to  ye  foregoing  will,  Sign  and  Seal  ye  Same,  and  heard  him 
Declare  it  to  be  his  Last  Will  and  Testament,  yt  they  judged  him  at  ye  same  time  to  be  of  sound 
mind  and  memory,  and  yt  they  Set  to  their  hands  as  Witnesses  to  ye  same  in  ye  presence  of  ye 
Testator,  &  Also,  yt  they  saw  Israel  Chauncey,  one  of  ye  witnesses  to  ye  sd  will  Sign  as  a  witness  at 
ye  same  time ;  At  Probate  Court,  Richard  Hubbell  &  Zachariah  Hubbell,  above  named  Extors,  per- 
sonally Appearing,  Accepted  ye  trust  Committed  to  them  by  ye  Testator. 

Ebenczar  Hubbell,  one  ye  sons  of  ye  sd  Testator  Appeared  and  pleaded  yt  said  Will  ought 
not  to  be  Approved,  Probate  Court  having  heard  ye  pleas  of  ye  parties  &  Considered  ye  same  do 
Judge  yt  ye  said  will  shall  be  Set  aside  and  made  void,  and  it  is  hereby  set  aside  and  made  void. 
Zachariah  Hubbell  is  admitted  on  Appeal  from  ye  Judgment  of  sd  Court  to  a  Superior  Court,  to  be 
holden  in  Fairfield,  on  ye  Last  Tuesday  Save  one  of  Instant  August,  and  ye  sd  Zachariah  Hubbell 
acknowledged  himselfe  bound  to  ye  publick  Treasurer  of  ye  County  of  Fairfield,  in  a  recognizance  of 


•  DiiKl.  1770,  In  New  Fairfield,  Conn, 
t  Died  17G0  in  Hunterdon,  Co.  N.  J. 
X  Yale  College,  graduated  in  1723. 
I  New  Jersey. 

f  Copied  by  the  Author  fh)m  the  original  Will,  now  on  file  in  the  "  Probate. Court  in  Fairfield,"  Fairfield 
fMunty,  Connecticut 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


35 


ten  pounds  money,  yt  he  will  prove  unto  his  Appeal  at  ye  sd  Superior  Court  to  Eflfect  and  answer  all 
Damage  in  case  he  make  not  his  plea  good.  Acknowledged  before  sd  Court. 

Test,  William  Burr,  Clerk. 

Fairfield  Supr  Court  Aug.  17tS8,  This  Writing  on  this  sheet  of  Paper  proved  and  Approved  & 
Ordered  to  be  transmitted  to  ye  Clerk  of  ye  Court  of  Probate  in  Fairfield  in  his  office,  to  be  Recor- 
ded. 

Test,  .  D.  Edwards,  Qerk."* 

"  An  Inventory  of  ye  Estate  of  Lieut.  Richard  Hubbell,  Late  of  Stratfield,  Deceased,  taken 
by  oa,  the  subbcribers,  hereunto  being  under  oath  as  the  Law  Directs : 

one  Caster  hatt,  16s. ;  One  Grate  Coat,  £3  10s.,     ...... 

one  broad  cloath  seute,  £3 ;  one  dewroysCoat,  £1  10s.,  .... 

one  Cotten  vest,  10s. ;  one  old  druggit  Coat,  £1  15s.,     .  , 

one  drugit  vest,  £1  10s. ;  one  old  cost  and  vest,  15s.,  .         .^        .         . 
one  pair  briches,  lOs. ;  one  pair  of  lather  briches,  with  plate  buttons,  £8  2s., 
one  Linning  vest  and  two  pair  of  Linning  briches,         .... 

one  pair  of  thred  Stockings,  6s. ;  one  pair  of  yarn  stockings,  7s., 

four  pair  of  old  stocks,  10s. ;  one  pair  of  shoes,  6s.,      . 

three  linning  shurts,  £3;  one  pair  of  rollers,  2s.,  ...         * 

Seven  large  Silver  buttons,  £1  7s. ;  fifteen  Smauler  silver  buttons,  £1  148. 

one  gun  and  sord,  £5  :  sundre  old  books,  128., 

one  feather  bed,  bolster,  and  two  pillows  in  ye  pallor,  £6, 

one  old  bedstid  and  cord  and  underbed  in  ye  pallor,  16s., 

one  Set  oi  old  Curtins  in  the  pallor,  £1  15s., 

one  blew  bed  quilt,  £3  5s. ;  one  chekard  Coverlid.  £1  10s  , 

the  two  best  bed  blankits,  £1  8s. ;  two  old  dittos,  Ss.,    . 

one  feather  bed  and  two  old  bolsters  in  ye  East  Chamber, 

one  old  bedstid  Cord  and  under  bed  in  ye  East  Chamber, 

one  pair  of  old  lining  Curtins,  £1  10s., 

one  old  bed  quilt,  6.s., 

one  dark  birdsey  Coverlid,  £1  123. ;  one  ditto,  part  checkard,  £1  10s., 

one  yellow  birdsey  ditto,  £1 ;  one  ditto,  streked,  £1 ;  one  ditto,  white,  £1, 

one  old  Chekard  ditto,  58. ;  one  old  ditto,  strecked,  3s.,  . 

one  feather  bed,  bolster,  and  three  pillos  in  ye  porch  Chamber, 

one  bedsted  and  Cord  and  mat  in  ye  porch  Chamber,  10s.,     . 

four  pounde  of  feathers  and  ye  bag,  ICs. ,  two  old  bulster  cases,  3s., 

nine  pillo  cases,  £1  7s. ;  two  old  ditto,  2s.  Gd., 

six  good  sheets,  £7  lOs. ;  eight  ditto,  £7  10s., 

fonr  old  ditto,  £1  2s 

Seven  diapur  napkins,  £1  15s. ;  one  ditto  table,  Cloath 
four  table  Cloaths,  lOs;  one  towels,  2s.  6d.,  . 

three  muslin  bands,  Ss., 

one  silver  Cup,  £1,  18s. ;  one  large  Silver  spoon,  £2,  5s.,  . 
five  silver  spoons,  lOs. ;  money  scails  and  waits  and  case,  58., 
one  Silver  tankard,  £55 ;  one  larg  old  bras  kittel,  £6,    . 

one  smauler  bras  kittel,  £4  lOs., 

one  bras  pan,  8s.,  ......... 


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•  Copied  by  the  Authorfrom  the  original  Will,  now  on  file  in  the  "  Probate  Court  at  Fairfield,"  Fairflekl 
County,  Connecticut. 


36  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 


* 


one  brass  sohimmar,  5s.y 060 

one  old  coper  schillet  and  flrame,  Gs., 060 

one  old  warming  pan,  12s. ;  one  bras  cok,  Is., ,  0     13  0 

one  pair  of  Large  Stiljards,  £1  lOs., 1     10  0 

one  pair  of  smaul  dittos,  lOs 0     10  0 

one  larg  old  Iron  pot,  lOs. ;  one  old  ditto,  lOs., 10  0 

one  snuiuler  ditto,  lis. ;  one  old  iron  kittle,  2s., 14  0 

one  hous  bell,  48 , 0      4  0 

one  Iron  skillet,  5s. ;  one  pair  of  hand  Irons,  £1  s.,      .        .        .         ,        .        .        .  1     10  0 

two  old  frying  pans,  8s ;  one  trammill,  15s., 18  0 

one  peel,  12s. ;  one  small  peel,  2s. ;  one  Iron  hook,  Is,  6d., 0    15  6 

one  belmettle  morter,  10s. ;  two  bras  candlesticks,  lOs,,  .         ,         ,         .10  0 

one  Iron  Candlestick,  Is. ;  two  peuter  salt  Sellars,  3s.,  , 0      4  0 

one  puter  Candlestick,  4s.  5d. ;  one  large  puter  platter,  £2  128 2    16  6 

one  Smauler  puter  platter,  £1  10s. ;  three  puter  ditto,  £8  15b., 5      5  0 

two  puter  platter,  £2 ;  one  smauler  ditto,  12s., .  2    12  0 

one  larg  puter  bason,  12s. ;  three  old  ditto,  128., 12  0 

two  puter  porringers,  6s. ;  one  quart  pot,  6s., 0    12  0 

one  pint,  5s. ;  one  gil  cup.  Is. ;  tweWe  puter  plates,  8£  ;  fire  old  ditto,  16b.,  .        .420 

three  pounds  of  old  puter,  9s. ;  one  tin  pan,  2s. ;  one  old  water  pot,  58.,        .        .         .  0    16  0 

three  pounds  of  old  puter,  9s. ;  one  tin  pan,  Is. ;  one  old  water  pot,  58.,       .        .        .  0    16  0 

one  tin  cullender,  3s. ;  one  tin  tunnil.  Is. ;  one  peppar  box,  6d., 0      4  0 

one  chamber  pot,  8s.;  one  old  ditto,  8s.  6d.  *  one  chum,  5s., 0    16  0 

Sundre  wooden  trays  and  dishes,  IDs.  6d. ;  two  old  pails  with  iron  bails,  Ss.,  .        .        .  0    13  & 

three  old  pails,  5s. ;  one  old  can,  Is.  6d. ;  one  reel,  28., 0      8  6 

one  half  bushel,  2s.  6d. ;  one  old  ditto  and  peks,  6s.  6d. ; 0       9  0 

one  Chist  of  draws,  £2;  one  red  Chist,  18s. ;  one  old  ditto,  2s., 8      0  0 

one  old  table,  2s. ;  one  black  trunk,  88. ;  one  old  table  frame,  2s.,  .        .        .        .  0     12  0 

one  old  box,  2s. ;  one  smaul  table,  18s. ;  one  Stan,  2s., 12  0 

one  old  square  table,  IDs. ;  one  old  long  table,  4s., 0     14  O 

one  Joynt  stool,  28., 020 

two  grate  chairs,  10s. ;  one  old  ditto,  Is. ;  five  black  chairs,  £1  58.,        .         .        .        .  1     16  0 

one  broken  ditto.  Is. ;  six  plain  chairs,  £1  4s. ;  fiye  old  chairs,  lOs.,     .         .        .         .  1    .15  0 

one  hechchil,  £1  68. ;  two  pair  of  sheep  shears,  6s., 1     12  0 

one  gridiron,  5s. ;  one  box  iron  and  heaters,  48.,    .         , 0       9  0 

one  wine  pint  pot,  58. ;  one  duch  wheel,  £1  IDs.,    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .  1     15  0 

one  old  wheel  and  spindle,  3s., 080 

one  old  saddle,  8s. ;  one  old  side  sadle,  £1 ;  one  bridle,  38., 1     11  0 

one  old  linning  wheel,  f  s. ;  one  wooden  tunnil,  2s.  6d., 0       7  6 

Sundre  old  Casks,  48. ;  one  old  butter  tub  and  pail,  3s., 0      7  0 

two  old  hogsids  in  ye  sellar,  Gs. ,  one  beer  cask,  3s. ;  one  old  baril,  8b.,  .        .        .  0     12  0 

one  old  bottle  Case,  8s. ;  one  washin  tub,  4s., 0      7  0 

one  Seder  tub,  2s. ;  one  butter  tub,  38. ;  two  meet  CaskSjGs., 0    11  0 

one  fat  tub,  3s. ;  one  melasis  Cag,  38. ;  Sundre  old  dry  Casks  in  ye  Chamber,  lOs.,         .  0    16  0 

one  old  meel  trof,  2s. ;  one  pair  of  old  hors  geers,  128., 0     14  0 

one  old  cart  and  wheels  and  geers  and  bands  and  two  outside  boxis,       .         .         .         .  •  3     10  0 

Yoak  Irons,  5s. ;  one  Naro  ax,  5s. ;  two  betle  rings,  2s.  6d., 0     12  6 

one  heel  ring  and  neb,  28. ;  four  hooks  to  make  ropes,  88., 0    10  0 

one  old  Cow  bell,  2s. ;  two  eyes  for  bam  doors,  2s., 0      4  0 

one  old  augur  and  gong,  28.  6d. ;  two  gimblits.  Is., 0      8  6 

one  crobar,  13b.  ;  one  pump  handle,  16s., 190 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  37 

one  spit,  Ss. ;  two  old  chairs,  £1  4s. ;  twenty-two  pounds  of  old  iron,  lOs.     .        .        .      1  17    0 

one  stubbing  ho,  2s. ;  two  old  hoes,  2s. ;  two  glas  bottles,  2s., 0  6    0 

one  squar  bottle,  Is.  6d. ;  one  long  looking  glas,  £10, 10  1     6 

one  old  smaul  ditto,  Is.  6d. ;  one  smaul  cag,  Ss., 0  4    6 

sam  broken  pesis  of  leather  for  shoes,  9s. 0  9    0 

two  com  baskits,  5s, 0  5    0 

one  old  joynter  and  plain  andirons,  2s. ;  one  hammur,  28.  6d., 0  4    6 

three  alls,  2s. ;  one  old  ridle.  Is. ;  one  splint  sive,  28., 0  5    0 

one  powder  horn.  Is.  6d. ;  one  old  pilyan,  58., 0  6    6 

ScTenteen  pounds  of  Sheeps  wool,  £8  4s. ,  one  larg  baskit,  3s., 3  7    0 

Seyen  bushil  of  Indian  Corn,  £2  58. ;  six  bushil  and  half  of  meslin,  £8  lis.,       .        .      5  16    0 

one  Shagor  box.  Is. ;  one  wooden  morter  and  pessil,  5s 0  6    0 

one  old  Clusston  and  pot,  5s. ;  one  sow  and  fiye  pigs,  £4  lOs. ;  four  hogs,  £18 ;  forty 

sheep,  at  £26;  one  read  ox,  £14, .        .     62  15    0 

one  four-year  old  heafer,  with  red  ears,  £9, 900 

one  four  yeaivold  heafer,  with  white  rump  and  tail,  big  with  calf,  £9,    .  .900 

one  brown  Cow,  with  a  white  &ce, 9  10    0 

one  black  Cow,  £9  10s.,        .                 . 9  10    0 

one  brown  Cow  with  a  Bobtail,  £7  10s., 7  10    0 

one  grissel  Oow,  £8  lOs 8  10    0 

one  three  year  old  heafer  with  speckled  back,        , .      5  15    0 

one  brown  yearling  heafer,  £3 ;  one  red  yearling  heafer,  £8, 6  0    0 

one  brown  Calf,  £1  17s.;  one  redish  Calf,  £1  18s., 8  10    0 

one  old  black  hers,  £5 ;  one  brownish  mair,  £2  15s  , 7  15    0 

one  pair  of  old  tongs,  8s.;  one  pair  of  helloes,  6s.,         .        .         .        .         ,                 .      0  14    0 
one  old  herd  ax,  5s.;  one  old  hand  saw,  2s.;  one  old  drawing  nife,  28,  .                          .090 

one  Iron  Colter,  12s;  sum  flax  in  ye  bam,  £1  15s.;  one  ft'ow,  4s.,          .                 .         .      2  11     0 

one  dwelling  hous,  bam  &  three  Acres  &  half  of  Land, 280  0    0 

About  five  Acres  of  up  Land  in  Jackson  Neck, 65  0    0 

two  Acres  of  Salt  medow  in  sd  neck, 5000 

about  twenty  four  Acres  of  up  Land  &  medow  in  ye  field,  lyeing  South  of  Stephen  Hub- 
bell's  Land, 880  0    0 

the  fbrst  devition  in  ye  Long  lot  att  ye  frunt  of  sd  lot, 170  0    0 

About  twenty  Acres  of  Land  att  Sjforthill  by  ye  barn, 170  0    0 

about  twenty  Acres  of  Land  att  Cablesfield,  neer  ye  pasuage 270  0    0 

About  Seren  Acres  of  Land  in  ye  field  by  odell's  medow, 112  0    0 

About  tweWe  Acres  &  half  of  Land  by  Richards,  on  the  west  side  of  the  heigh  way,      .  240  0    0 

two  Acres  &  half  of  fresh  medow  by  Richards  hum  lot, 62  0    0 

about  fifteen  Acres  of  Land  at  Cabordhill,  in  Stratford  bounds,  that  is  given  Ebenezer  by 

yewillatt 120  0    0 

about  twenty  nine  Acres  of  Land  in  ye  long  lot  lying  part  above  &  part  be  lo  wUUam 

Bennitts  hum  lot,     .         .                230  0    0 

all  ye  Remainder  of  his  Long  lot  above  flat  rock  att, 393  0    0 

all  his  Right  in  Cominage  in  Airfield,  att 20  0    0 

two  Acres  of  Land  in  Stratford  woods,  neer  pine  Swamp,  Called  his  Copper  mine,        .500 
one  smaul  rick  fork, 020 

£2845,  7, 0. 

The  above  work  done  and  compleated  October  ye  12th,  1738,  by  us,  the  Subscribers  heemnto, 

Joseph  Booth,        1 

Ephbaim  Hubbell.  [-Apriesers. 

David  Sherman,      J 


38  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  In  Fairfield,  Nov.  ye  3()th,  1738,  Zachariah  Hubbell  &  Richard 
Hubbell,  Executors  to  ye  last  will  and  Testament  of  Richard  Hubbell,  late  of  Stratfield,  Deed,  Ex- 
hibited ye  foregoing  Inventory,  and  made  solemn  Oath  yt  ye  same  is  a  true  and  perfect  Inventory  of 
all  ye  Estate  of  sd  Deed  yt  they  know  of,  and  if  any  more  hereafter  appear,  yt  they  will  cause  ye 
same  to  be  Inserted,  sd  Inventory  being  proved  is  by  sd  Court  Approved  and  Ordered  to  be  Recorded. 

Test,  William  BrRR,  Qerk."* 


SAMUEL  HUBBELL,  Senior,t  of  Stratfield  Fairfield  Co,,  Colony  of 
Connecticutt,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Meigs,  was  bom  in  Guil- 
ford, Conn.,  on  November  6,  1657.  ^^  spent  his  early  childhood  in 
Guilford,  Moved  to  Fairfield,  with  his  parents  when  about  five  years  of 
age,  and  resided  there  until  his  death.  Was  a  prominent  man  in  the 
village,  kept  a  store,  was  a  Lieutenant,  and  filled  the  offices  of  "Society 
Clerk"  and  "Recorder  of  Deeds"  for  the  Parish  of  Stratfield,  from  1694 
until  his  death  in  171 3.  (For  additional  particulars  concerning  him,  see 
abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut"  in  Appendix  to  this 
work,) 

*<  Stratfield,  June  10th,  1714.     An  Inventory  of  the  Estate  of  Lnt.  Samll  Hubbell,  deceased  ap- 
pised  under  oath  who  are  ye  subscribers  hereof. 

£.  9,  d, 

to  wearing  apparell  one  worsted  Camblet  coat, 02  00  00 

to  a  broad  cloth  coat  408. ;  Searge  10s., 02  10  00 

to  a  loose  coat  6s.;  A  deffels  coat  15s.;  Serge  vest  20s., 02  01  00 

to  A  holland  vest  5s.;  old  Serge  vest  3s.;  flannell  vest  2s., 00  10  00 

to  leather  briches  8s.;  Serge  briches  10s.;  drugget  Ditto  2s., 01  00  00 

to  Striped  linen  briches  63.;  Cherryderry  briches  3s., 00  09  00 

to  checkered  linen  briches  Is.  6d.;  castor  Is.  14d., 00  15  06 

to  old  hat  4s.;  galick  shirt  8s.;  to  two  ditto  10s.,          .         .         >        .         .         .         .  01  02  00 

to  two  paire  of  worsted  Stuckens  2s.:  to  two  paire  of  homespun  ditto  8s.,     .                 .  00  10  00 

to  A  paire  of  Shoes  3s.;  to  one  kentin  neckcloth  3s., 00  06  00 

to  3  muslen  neckcloths  Os.;  to  pocket  handkerchiefs  4s.  6d., 00  13  06 

to  Buckaneer  gun  40s.;  to  1  gun  8  Square  barrell  23s., 03  03  00 

to  1  gun  with  A  Cross  Fencer  30s.;  one  Short  gun  20s, 02  10  00 

to  one  Case  of  pistols  and  holdters  £3  14s., 03  14  00 

to  A  Simmiter  and  belt  20s.;  baggenet  and  belt  2s 01  02  00 

to  A  two  edged  Rieper  128.;  to  a  brass  hilt  rieper  and  belt  lOs.,                             .         .  01  02  00 

to  A  broken  rieper  Gs.;  old  back  Sword  5s., 00  10  00 

to  70tb.  powder  at  28.;  pt.  7Ib.  to  15Ib.  Shot  and  bullets  Gs 07  05  00 

to  145R).  of  Ledd  at  3d.;  }  per  pound  40s 02  00  00 

to  2  bullet  pouches  Is.;  to  A  great  bible  17s.;   old  psalm  book  Is.,         .         .        ,         .  00  19  00 

to  Mr.  Allen  conserning  heart  work  28.;  Ditto  upon  the  Covenant  Is.,                   .         .  00  03  00 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  orlj^nal  now  on  file  in  *'  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County." 
fWas  called  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,  because  his   father  had  another  son  named  Samuel  by  his 


second  wife. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  39 

to  three  flavels  works  38.;  Pilgrims  progress  Is. 00 

to  the  young  mans  guide  8d.;  Mr.  Williams  Capptivity  Is.,  ....     00 

to  A  token  for  children  Is.;  to  A  preparation  fbr  ye  Sacrement  8d.,      ....     00 

to  Mr.  Mathers  works  Is.;  to  Lucanes  book  Is., 00 

to  spelling  book  8d.;  John  Vemons  works  Is.  6d,, 00 

to  Secretarys  guide  Is.;  boons  Military  book  8d., 00 

to  the  life  of  Mr.  Henry  Gearing  Is.,  00 

to  paper  money  £38  58.  8d.;  lo  more  in  bills  of  debt  £19  38.  9d.,  .         .         .52 

to  more  in  a  bill  £5;  to  Cash  £03  6s.  9d.;    to  plate  £8, 106 

to  2  gold  rings  one  at  12s.;  the  other  at  13s., 01 

to  A  puter  tanker  Ts.;  eight  halfe  pinte  pottingers  5s.  4d., 00 

to  10  pinte  pottingers  10s.;  to  4  jills  pottengers  Is.  4d., 00 

to  three  pint  basons  3s.;  four  large  plates  88.;  to  eight  smaller  12s.,     .  .01 

to  thirty  pound  of  good  puter  at  2s.  per  pound, 03 

to  old  puter  £23  21s.;  to  wine  quarts  4s.;  to  pinte  pots  2s., 01 

to  one  beer  quart  Is.  6d.:  ^  pint  pot  9d.;  one  jill  pot  8d.;  one  beer  Is.,  .         .00 

to  pottingcr  and  A  Salt  Cellar  Is.;  two  pepper  boxes  8d., 00 

to  A  tin  tunnill  8d.;  to  A  watering  pot  6d.;  to  two  chamber  pots  3s.,   ....     00 

to  earthen  ware  3s.  lOd.;  to  chenny  ware  98.;  mustard  pot  Is., 00 

to  two  Stone  Juggs  Is.  6d.;  to  one  ditto  3s.;  to  earthen  chamber  pot  Is.,      .         .         .00 

to  great  brass  kittle  weight  86Ib.  at  28.  6d.  per  tb.;  £4  10s., 04 

to  one  small  ditto  181b.  at  28.  6d.;  per  21b.  5d.;  one  brass  skillet  3s.,  -,        .        .         .02 

to  old  brass,  thirty  nine  pound  at  Is.;  per  lb.  39s., 01 

to  one  Iron  Skellet  4s.;  Small  Iron  pot  and  hooks  78., 00 

to  one  Iron  kittle  14s.;  Large  Iron  pot  and  hooks  10s., 01 

to  brass  Sealer  58.;  warming  pann  18s.;  old  ditto  2s., 01 

to  one  large  frying  pann  68.;  one  Small  ditto  4s., 00 

to  one  driping  28.;  to  two  Tramels  12s.;  gridiron  3s., 00 

to  one  Iron  Lamp  Is.;  flesh  fork  6d.;  twopaire  of  tong  5s., 00 

to  A  fire  peel  29.  6d.;  small  Stillard  5s.;  three  candlesticks  2s., 00 

to  2  water  pails  2s.;  one  pot  dish  Is.;  two  butter  tubbs  4s., 00 

to  6  koolers  4s.;  four  trays  2s.  8d.;  one  doz.  J  trenchers  Is.  6d.,  .         .00 

to  old  box  Iron  and  heaters  2s.;  two  wooden  bottles  3s., 00 

to  one  bread  tray  2s.;  halfe  bushtU  2s.;  to  seven  meat  Casks  10s.  6d.,  .00 

to  two  bear  cask  3s.;  Brueing  tubb  5s.;  two  wort  keelers  5s., 00 

to  two  hogshead  10s.;   one  terse  4s.;  fatt  tubb  Is.  6d., 00 

to  chum  8s.;  one  Small  Cask  Is.;  to  old  cask  in  the  Chamber  lis.,  ...     00 

to  old  wenscot  chest  4s. ;  old  chest  2s.;  meet  trofi^  Ss., 00 

to  one  pine  chest  with  A  lock  and  key  Vs.;  small  chest  88., 00 

to  feather  bed  and  bolster  of  striped  ticken  of  cotton  £4  8s,        ,         .  .04 

to  8  feather  pillows  11  s.,  old  straw  bed,  bed-stead  and  cord,  Iron  rodds,  7.,  .00 

to  wooeted  and  linen  Curtains  and  tester  cloth,  308 01 

to  1  ftther  bedand  boulster  42Ibj^  wds  at  Is.  pc'r  pound, 02 

to  feather  bed  and  boulster  72!b  wds.  £3  17p,  two  pillows  lis 04 

to  one  t)edstead  and  Cord  in  ye  great  chamber  8s  ,        .         .         ,  ...     00 

to  Diaper  Curtains  and  Tallence  in  the  great  chamber,  40s,  , 02 

to  feather  bed,  boulster  and  two  pillows,  weighed  521bs}, 03 

to  one  feather  bed,  striped  ticken,  2  boulsters  and  pillow,  weighed  421b},     .  .02 

to  one  chaff  bed,  12s,  to  chaff  ditto,  12s,  bedstead  and  Cord,  6s, 01 

to  one  feather  bed,  tow  ticken,  weighed  521b},  at  Is.  per  pound,  .        .02 

to  two  paire  of  fine  tow  sheets,  838.  A  paire,  3£  6s.,     .         .  .         ,  :    03 


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to  one  paire  of  cotton  sheets,  880,  to  three  pure  of  tow  sheets,  8£, 

to  one  paire  of  new  Linen  sheets,  1£.  is.  do 

to  five  paire,  some  worn,  at  15s.,  per  paire  £2  15s.,    . 

to  five  paire  of  old  sheets  at  lOe.  per  paire,  £2  lOs.,    .        , 

to  one  paire  of  old  sheets,  at  4s.,  2  paire  of  cotton  pillow  beers,  8s., 

to  one  paire  ditto,  28  ;  A  paire,  2s, ;  one  paire  linen  ditto,  8s  ,    . 

fo  one  paire  of  holland  sheets  at  45s.,  •         1         >         1         » 

to  one  paire  of  tow  pillow  beers,  88  ;  to  two  pair  of  old  Ditto,  4s., 

to  one  cotton  table  cloth,  88 ;  to  two  table  cloths,  18s, 

to  two  old  table  cloths,  2s ;  A  piece  one  at  2s.  8d., 

to  one  ditto,  28  ;  to  two  towels,  6s ;  to  one  ditto,  2s.  8d ;  to  10  napkins,  lOs 

to  12  napkins  at  24s.;  to  12  ditto  at  2s  3d ;  A  piece  1£  078., 

to  one  paire  of  holland  pillow  biers,  4s.;  to  one  paire  holland  Ditto,  7s 

to  one  paire  Ditto,  5s.;  Ditto  with  seem  in,  5s ;  one  Ditto  at  Is,,  . 

to  two  old  holland  napkins,  2s.;  one  Diaper  table  Cloth,  4s., 

to  8  Diaper  napkins,  8s.;  to  six  Diaper  napkins,  at  Is.  6.;  A  piece,  9s. 

to  two  Diaper  towels,  2s.;  A  piece  to  four  old  Towels,  at  4s., 

to  calico  covering,  16s.;  to  one  quilt,  lOs.;  to  two  blankets,  20s., 

to  4  ditto  408.;  A  couch,  5s;  two  blankets,  10s 

to  birds  eye  coverlid,  208.;  A  new  blaek  and  white  Ditto,  20s.,     . 

to  one  blue  rugg,  16s.;  two  yellow  Coverlids,  208.;  two  old  Coverlids,  6s., 

to  one  Ditto,  4s.;  one  Ditto  lOs.;  one  ditto,  at  Bs.;  one  old  blanket  at  2s., 

to  one  old  blanket,  28.;  one  old  Coverled,  89.,  old  table,  8s., 

to  one  Chest  of  drawers,  SOs.;  one  pine  Chest,  58;  one  trunk,  10*, 

to  one  Small  trunk,  lOs.;  old  Chest,  88.;  A  round  table,  68, 

to  8  black  chaires,  Gs.;  six  white  ditto,  12s.;  six  old  Churcs,  68  . 

to  Linen  wheels,  83.;  two  woolen  wheels,  8s.;  wool  Cards,  Is.,.     . 

to  7  new  Sickels,  148.:  one  old  ditto,  Is.;  to  one  Looking  glass,  148.,    . 

to  one  Cane,  68. ;  wheat  riddle,  Is.,  cart  rope,  68.,       .... 

to  one  Redd  mantle  with  A  Silver  Lace,  10s., 

to  one  flower  silk  blanket,  6s.;  money  scales  and  weights,  48., 

to  A  post  mantle  with  a  lock  and  key  and  male  pillion,  11,  . 

to  A  last,  8d.;  five  linen  tablecloths,  15s.;  2  furr  skins,  2s., 

to  12  yards  \  of  fine  Linen  cloth,  37s.  and  6d.;  ^ve  yards  kertens,  15s., 

to  7  yards  muslin,  Sos.;  six  yards  and  three  quarters  stuff,  12s  6d.,     . 

to  10  yards  ditto  &  \,  20s.  Gd.;  9  yards  &  ^  of  Damask,  238.  9d., 

to  2  yards  blew  salleon,  4s.;  two  yds  and  quarter  of  Gause,  4s.  6d.,     . 

to  8  yards  and  \  of  ribbon,  178.:  8  yards  Ditto,  128.:  t;nro  weomens  fans,  88 

to  12  dozn.  of  buttons,  12s.;  29  dozn.  Ditto,  at  8d.  per  dozn.,  19s.  4d., 

to  21b.  of  steel,  2s.;  one  saddle  and  houseing,  208.;  one  Inch  auger,  28., 

to  one  Latheing  hammer,  2s;  one  small  hammer.  Is.;  heading  chisle,  2s., 

to  one  great  gimblet,  8d.;  small  Ditto  4d.;  broad  Chissel,  2s.: 

to  one  Sithe  and  tacklen,  68.;  to  one  old  Sithe,  2  ;  old  saddle,  8s., 

to  Coopering  tools,  23s.;  hand  saw,  6s.;  drawing  knife,  5s., 

to  ghsiers  tools,  £6  16s.  8d.;  to  glass  and  ledd,  £3  178., 

to  A  Jointer  and  four  plains,  Ss.;  to  A  bill,  43.^.  2d.,    . 

to  10000  of  eight  penny  nailes,  at  10s;  per  10(K),  £0, 

to  19  thousand  of  Six  penny  nails  at  7s.;  per  thoui<and  £0  138.,  . 

to  one  door  lock  2s.;  3  desen  of  pipes  2s.;  fish  line  and  hooks  2s.; 

to  5  barrels  of  porke  at  £3  10s.  per  barrell, 

fo  fV.)  busjiels  of  Indian  corn  at  3s.;  per  bushell  £10  7s 


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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  41 

to  eighty  four  pounds  of  Sheeps  wool  at  Is.  per  pound, 04 

to  four  hundred  eighty  six  pound  of  flax  at  6s.;  per  pound  £12  Ss 12 

to  81b.  and  \  of  Coverled  yam  at  Is.  4d.;  lis.  4d., 00 

to  121b.  of  Linen  yam  at  18d.;  pr  lb.  208.;  to  171b  of  tow  yam  2s.  8d.,         .  .02 

to  A  chafering  dish  4s.;  A  Spit  4s.;  2  Iron  wedges  4s.  8d.;  Small  pillow  Is.,  00 

to  old  Iron  3s.;  to  one  Shier  and  Coller  241b.  weight  16s., 00 

to  151b.  pf  new  Iron  6s.  8d.;  to  2  old  axes  and  old  plow  shier  8s.,         .         .  .00 

to  A  Small  draught  Chain  lis.:  great  chaine  128.;  Whipple  tree  chaine  2b.,  .    01 

to  one  paire  Iron  horse  geers  leather  Collar  10s.;  meal  Sive  2s.  6d.,  .00 

to  8  pound  of  woolen  yam  at  28.;  pr  lb.  68.;  one  ax  5s., 00 

to  the  halfe  of  an  oldhetchell  8s., 00 

to  A  horse  plow  with  A  Shier  bolt  10s.;  1  plow  Coller  Is.;  2  rings  3s.,  .         .00 

to  two  yokes  with  Irons  lOs.;  1  broad  ax  10s.;  Stubing  Sithe  8s.,  .  .  .  .01 
to  A  cart  and  wheels  boxes  and  bands  16s.:  Cleviss  &  pins  38.;  fork  2s.,  .  .  .01 
to  A  new  Shed  ShoTell  3s.;  old  Shed  ditto  Is.  6d.;  2  old  hoes  28.,  .  .  .  .00 
to  one  yoke  of  oxen  £10 ;  two  four  year  old  Stears  £8 ;  to  three  8  year  old  £9,  .  27 

to  4  two  year  olds  £8 ;  to  4  year  old  £8 ;  to  5  Cowes  &  3  CaWes  £19,  ...     83 

to  4  sheep  at  68.;  per  Sheep  £12  6s.:  20  Lamb  £3 ;  Sow  &  7  Pigs  278.,  ...  16 
to  7  Swine  at  lOs.  a  piece  £3  10s.;  1  roan  horse  £3 ;  1  Sorrild  horse  £3,  .  .  '  .  09 
to  A  black  mare  &  colt  408.;  blase  faced  mare  308.;  1  12  yr  old  mare  30s.,  05 

to  1  year  old  208.;  to  1  Lanthorne  28.  6d.;  1  barrell  of  porke  £3  lOs.,  .         .04 

to  2  barrels  of  beef  at  £4;  to  20  pounds  of  hoggsfatt  69.  8d., 04 

to  61b.  of  tallow  38.;  101b.  of  Candles  6s.  8d.;  to  80  bushels  of  wheat  £24,  ...  24 
to  12  acres  of  wheat  att  Sporthill  at  8  bushels  per  acre  £28  IBs.,  .         .28 

to  8  acres  of  wheat  in  ye  neck  at  5  bushell  pr  acre  15  bushells, 04 

to  6  acres  of  Rye  in  ye  field,  at  10  bushells  per  acre,  £12, 12 

to  2  acres  of  barley,  £3 ,  to  3  a<Tes  of  oats  att  home,  £4, 07 

to  fiye  acres  of  oats  and  flax  over  the  river,  at  £3  6s., 03 

to  twelye  acres  of  Indian  come  at  home,  £12, 12 

to  four  bushels  of  barley  mault,  16e.;  four  bushels  of  oat  mault,  88.,     .  .01 

to  boulied  flower,  £2  lOs.;  to  Cooper  Stuff,  39s 04 

to  book  debts,  £66  ;  to  one  blatd  faced  horse,  30s ,  sheep  skins,  48.,    .  .         .67 

to  trundle  bedstead,  4s.;  old  bedstead.  Is.:  bridle,  2s., 00 

to  six  baggs,  128.;  for  meel,  Is.;  paire  of  old  Iron  fetters,  2a., 00 

to  five  case  knives,  Ss.;  to  one  Sithe  cradle.  Is.;  to  two  Calves  Skins,  2s.,     .  .00 

to  dwelling  house,  £60 ;  tobarae,  £15, 75 

to  four  acres  a<J|joining  to  said  house  and  barne,  at  £10  pr.  acre,  .40 

to  16  acres  more  a<J|joining  at  £8  pr  acre, *         .         .  120 

to  2  acres  by  Capt.  Sherwood,  £16, 16 

to  7  acres  down  in  the  field,  at  £35  lOs., 35 

to  one  acre  and  }  of  salt  meadow  adjoining,  £15, 15 

to  S  acres  and  }  of  upland  in  Jacksons  neck,  £10  10s., 10 

to  2  acres  of  salt  meadow  in  Said  neck,  £24, 14 

to  dwelling  house,  part  covered,  over  the  river,  £42 42 

to  47  acres  over  the  river,  pasture  and  building  lot,  £235, 235 

to  tbe  equal  halfe  of  the  Long  lott  that  was  his  fathers, 100 

to  the  remains  of  his  fathers  estate  in  his  widows  hands  yet  undivided,  in  lands,  54 

to  the  halfe  of  the  bam  in  Cracrow  neck,  £10, 10 

to  the  6th  part  of  his  Fathers  perpetuall  Commonage, 05 

to  A  nine  acre  right  in  commonage  in  Stratfurd  bounds, 06 

to  40  acres  of  land  att  ox  hill,  £40  ;  in  Stratford  bounds, 40 


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42  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

to  55  acres  of  Land  att  Tatacok's  plainer,  in  Stratford  bounds 30    00      0 

to  twelTe  acres  on  taahua  hill,  £24  :  in  Stratford  bounds 24    00      0 

addition  to  a  remnant  of  silk, 

Sumioul £1644    01      Z 

JoHX  BrRB, 
Jamk  Bexxttt, 

RiCHASD    HUBBELL. 

The  ages  of  the  children : 
DanieU ,♦  23  year  old,  August  8th.  1714. 
Ephraim.f  20  year  old.  Goto.  11th.  1714. 
Stephen.  J  19  year  old,  February  K>th,  1714. 
DaTid,J  16.  July  the  first  1714. 
Tabitha,  14  year  old,  Decemb.  24th.  1714. 
Joseph.'!  12  year  old,  October  29ih,  1714. 

Mrs.  Temperance  Hubbell  appeared  before  the  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield,  June  15th. 
1714,  and  made  oath  that  ye  abore  written  is  A  true  Inventory  of  the  esute  of  her  late  deceased 
Husband,  Lieutenant  Samuel  Hubbell.  to  ye  best  of  her  knowledge,  and  if  any  thing  shall  after  ap- 
pear belonging  to  the  estate.  She  will  Cause  the  same  to  be  Inserted. 

An  Inventory  of  ye  Estate  of  Lent.  Samuell  Hubbell.  of  Stratfield,  deed.,  being  exhibited  to  ye 
Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield.  June  15th.  1714,  In  order  to  A  Settlement  Said  Inrentory  being 
proved,  is  by  the  Court  approve<l.  and  orderel  to  be  recorded."*" 

**  Mrs.  Temperanee  Hubbell  and  her  son  DanieU  Hubbell  Administered  on  the  estate  of  Lent. 
Samuell  Hubbell.  late  of  Stratfield.  deceased,  according  to  A  former  order,  of  haveing  exhibited  an 
account  of  theire  Administration  to  ye  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield.  June  the  15th,  1714, 
which  account  ye  Court  have  computed  with  ye  Inventory,  do  find  that  there  is  clear  estate  the  sum 
of  £1533.  17s.  Old.,  which  ye  Court  do  order  shall  be  divided  as  followeth:  The  widow  to  hare  one 
third  part  of  the  houseing  and  Land  during  her  naturell  Life,  and  one  third  part  of  the  movable 
estate  forever,  there  being  five  sons  and  one  Daughter,  the  oldest  son  to  have  A  double  portion  and 
the  rest  of  the  Children  to  have  e<)uall  and  Single  portions  and  the  rest  of  the  said  estate  the  sons  to 
receive  their  portions  in  Lands  so  fan*  as  the  lands  will  hold  out.  and  the  daughter  to  reoeiTe  her  por- 
tion in  movoable  estate,  and  the  Court  do  desire  and  appoint  Lent  James  Bennitt,  Majr.  John  Burr 
and  Leut.  Richard  Hubbell,  to  distribute  the  said  Estate  according  to  ye  above  order  of  Court,  and  to 
be  under  oath  as  the  law  directs.  Ephraim  Hubbell  and  Stephen  Hubbell  and  Tabitha  Hubbell.  sons 
and  Daughter  to  ye  said  Samll  Hubbell,  deceased,  do  make  choice  of  their  mother,  Temperance 
Hubbell,  to  be  their  Guardian;  the  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  F^rfield,  June  15th,  1714,  do  accept 
and  approve  of  their  Choice. 

David  Hubbell  makes  choice  of  his  brother  DanieU  Hubbell  and  Joseph  Hubbell,  both  sons  to 
the  sd  deed  Samll  Hubbell.  sd  Joseph  being  in  his  noneage  for  Choice  of  his  Guardian ;  the  Court 
do  make  choice  of  Said  DanieU  Hubbell  to  be  guardian  t^  ye  said  Joseph  HubbeU. 


•  Lived  in  "  Stratfield  Parish,"  Fairfield,  Connecticut    Died,  1735. 

t  Lived  ditto.    Died,  1780,  in  Litchfield  Co.,  Connecticut. 

X  Lived  ditto.    Died,  1792. 

t  Uved  ditto.    Died,  175:?. 

I  Lived  ditto.    Died,  1777(?) 

^.  Copied  for  this  work  by  MiSK  Hannah  Hobart,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut,  from  **  Fairfield  Probate 
Records." 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMHY.  43 

And  the  said  Temperance  and  Daniell  Hubbell,  Guardians  above  named,  do  acknowledge  them- 
selyes  Jointly  and  Severally  and  Respectfully  bound  to  the  Court  for  the  recognizance  of  three  hun- 
dred pounds  money  for  A  taithfuU  discharge  of  their  Guardianship  according  to  Law."^ 


EBENEZER  HUBBELL,  of  New  London,  (New  London  Co.)  Colony 
of  Connecticut,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Meigs,  was  born  in 
Guilford,  Conn.,  in  i66i ;  Was  raised  in  Fairfield  Co.  He  bought  the 
homestead  of  Samson  Houghton  (comer  of  Truman  and  Bliman  Streets) 
New  London,  in   1 690-1,  and  died  there  in  1698.! 


SAMUEL  HUBBELL,  Junior,t  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  his  second  wife,  was  born  in  Fair- 
field, Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Connecticut.  Was  a  member  of  the  Con- 
gregational Church,  in  Fairfield  (not  Stratfield.) 

For  further  particulars  see  abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records  of  Con- 
necticut" in  Appendix  to  this  work. 


JAMES  HUBBELL,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Connecticut, 
son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  his  second  wife,  was  born  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield 
Co.,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1673.  He  resided  in  Stratfield  in  early  life, 
and  afterwards  moved  to  Stratford,  removing  with  his  son  Andrew  to  what 
is  now  called  Easton,  Conn.  (See  abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records  of 
Connecticut*'  in  Appendix  to  this  work.)  He  died  in  October  1777,  aged 
104  years.§ 

The   following  deed  to  Benjamin   Fayerweather  is  well  worth  reading. 

''Know  all  men  bj  these  presents  that  I,  James  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  in  ye  County  of  Fair- 
field &  Colonj  of  Connect icot,  in  New  England,  for  &  in  Consideration  of  exchange  of  other  lands 
with  Beiy'a  Fayerweather,  of  Stratfield  aforesaid,  according  to  an  instumint  and  his  hand  and  Seal 
bearing  evendate  with  these  presints.  The  receipt  whereof  to  my  AiU  content  &  satisfaction,  I  do 
hereby  acknowledge  &  thereof  &  of  every  part  thereof,  do  hereby  acquitt,  exonerate  &  discharge  the 
Mud  Beiy'a  Fayerweather,  his  heirs,  Exes,  adms  &  assigns  for  ever.  Have  given,  granted,  bargaind, 
told,  assigned,  setover  &  confirmed,  &  do  by  these  presents,  give,  grante,  bargaine,  sell,  assigne,  set 


•  Ck>pied  by  Miss  Hannah  Hobart,  of  Fairfield,  Connecticut,  for  this  work,  ft»om  the  "  Fairfield  Pro- 
bate Court  Records." 

t  Caulkin'8  "  New  London  "  p  338. 

X  Called  Samuel  Hubbell,  Junior^  becauHc  his  father  had  another  son  of  the  name  living  at  the  time, 
by  his  fint  wife. 

f  From  Bible  records  fHimished  by  Mr.  Harvey  Hubbell,  of  Long  Hill,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  and    Mrs. 
Anne  Maria  Kellogg,  of  Troy,  N.  Y. 


44  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAAHLY. 


orer  k  confirme  from  me  mj  heirs,  exes  ft  idms  ft  aasigiis  for  ever ;  to  saj  fire  Acres  of  land,  be  it 
more  or  less  lyeing,  sitoAte  ft  being  within  the  plantation  of  Stratfield  sforesd,  ft  is  boonded  on  je 
South  East  with  the  highway,  on  the  north  east  with  je  land  of  Mr.  Charles  Chauncej,  on  the  North 
west  with  land  now  in  je  possession  of  the  widow  Abigaile  Ilabbell,  South  west  with  je  land  of 
Bichd  HubbeU  ft  the  heirs  of  Ebenezer  Hnbbell,  late  of  Kew  London,  deceased ;  to  gether  with  all 
je  fencing  thereto  belonging,  ft  all  other  rights,  priTiledges  ft  appartenances  to  the  same  in  anj 
wajes  apperteining,  as  also  twenty  rod  of  fence  there  standing  between  ye  sd  Richd  Hubbell  ft  je 
heirs  of  Ebenexer  Hubbell  aforesaid,  besides  my  other  twenty  rod  of  fence  there  standing  between  us 
hareing  made  the  whole  fourty  rod  of  fence  myselfe.  To  have  ft  to  hold  all  the  abore  bargained 
premises  ft  the  same  to  possess  ft  iiyoy  frilly,  freely,  clearly  ft  absolutely  to  all  intents  ft  purposes 
as  his  or  their  own  propper  esstate  and  inheritance  for  ever  without  any  lett,  claime  or  molesstation 
firom  me,  my  heirs,  Execr  or  admds,  or  any  other  person  or  persons  by,  fr^m  or  under  or  any  of  us 
for  CTCr ;  affirming  myself  to  be  the  true  ft  propper  owner  of  all  the  abore  bargained  premises,  ft  in 
my  selfe  good  right  ft  law,  frill  authority  to  dispose  there  of — ^promissing  ft  hereby  covenanting  to 
defend  the  same  against  other  or  former  gifts,  grants,  bargaines,  sailes,  leases,  mortgages,  assignments 
or  any  other  incumbrance  whateyer.  In  witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  sett  my  hand  ft  seal  this 
fourteenth  day  of  Januaiy,  one  Thousand  Seren  hundred  ft  Six  or  Seven. 

James  Hubbell,         [seal.] 

Signed,  Sealed  ft  Delivered  in  presence  of  us, 
Mathew  Sherwood, 
JoH5  Hall. 
James  Hubbell  above  Subscriber  personally  appearing  before  me,  the  Subscriber   hereof 
acknowledged  the  same  to  be  his  free  act  ft  deed  in  Stratfield,  this  14th  day  of  January,  170C-7. 

Mathew  Sherwood,  Justice. 
A  true  Coppey  of  the  origenall  Recorded  by  me  this  14th  day  of  Januaiy  1706-7. 

Samll  Hubbell,  Recorder.'** 

The  following  survey  of  land  was  made  in  1735: 

"  Stratford,  December  18th,  A.  D.  1735.     Yn  wee  the  subscribers  hereunto  Surveyed  ft  laid 

out  for  James  Hubbell  a  tract  of  Land  of  ye  new  three  mile  divition  Laid  ye  same,  west  of  ye  half. 

way  river,  so  called.    Begin  att  a  whiteoak  Pole,  Stooes  to  itt,  run  theuce  N.  2od  W.  72  rods  to  a  heap 

of  Stones,  yn  W  25d  S  40  rods :  said  Stones  in  ye  edg  of  a  Swamp  yn  S.  9d  E.  32  rods  to  a  heap  of 

Stones  jn  a  Streight  Line  to  ye  Place  Begun  att ;  within  all  which  Lines  ft  Bounds  is  Contained  13 

acres  ft  40  rods  of  Land,  &  is  Siesed,  Lying  in  ye  Six  mile  Place  at  C  acors  of  ye  new  three  mile 

divition  ft  no  more,  and  is  Bounded  on  all  Points  with  Common  Land,  &  is  ye  123d  Lot  in  ye  draughu 

done  per  us, 

Joseph  Booth,  \ 

Theophilus  Nickols,  >  proprietors,  Comttee.''t 

Joseph  Judsox.  j 


JOSEPH  HUBBELL,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Walker,  (his 
third  wife,)  was  bom  in  Pequonnock,  (afterwards  called  Stratfield),  in  1689, 
and  died  in   1700. 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Land  Records  of  Stratfield." 

t  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original  in  possession  of  Haney  Hubbell,  of  Ix>ng  Hill,,  Connecticut. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  45 

The  following  is  the  Inventory  of  his  share  of  his  father's  estate,  and 
contains  the  names  of  the  children  of  Richard  Hubbell,  the  First,  who  were 
living  at  the  time  (1702). 

'*  Received  of  Joseph  Hubbeirs  Estate,  according  to  Inventory  as  follov^etb,  In  March  25, 1700. 

£  8.  d. 

His  Part,  in  the  Buildings, 8  14    1 

His  Part  in  the  Commons, 0  16  0} 

to  ^  of  the  LoDg  lot,  ye  widows  3rd  taken  out, 10  0  0 

to  5  Acres  of  Land  In  Jacksons  neck,  . 12  10  0 

to  1  Acres  of  medow  In  Jacksons  neck, 16  0  0 

to  4  Acresand  }  of  Land  In  the  homested, 31  0  0 

to  1  Bedsted  and  a  cart  rope, 1  09  0 

to  a  grindstone  16s.;  to  1  fork,  28.  6d., 0  18  6 

by  Samll  Hubbell. 0  14  3 

£77    06  lOJ 

A  true  Coppy  according  to  distribution. 

David  Sherman,  Guardian. 

Mr  Wakeman  Appeared  to  ye  next  Court  of  Assizes  in  may  next,  and  gives  bond  to  ye  value 
of  5  pounds."* 

On  the  back  of  the  paper  from  which  the  above  was  copied  can  be  seen 
the  following: 

*<  Joseph  Hubbell,  son  to  Sargt  Richard  Hubbell,  being  deceased,  who  died  before  he  came  to 
Lawfhll  age  to  Inherit  his  portion  of  his  father's  Estate,  and  it  appearing  to  ye  Cyurt  that  his  part  of 
his  Other's  Estate  amounts  to  ye  sum  of  £77.  058.  10 Jd.,  which  this  Prerogative  Court  do  ordersh  all  be 
distributed  to  ye  survivors  according  as  ye  law  directs.  In  Equall  proportions.  Which  survivors  ye 
Court  do  Understand  to  be  ye  Brothers  and  Sisters  to  ye  sd  Joseph,  Deceased.  Court  held  In  fkir- 
field,  Jany  22,  1702. 

Richard  Hubbell,  James  Hubbell,  Samuel  Hubbell,  Sr.,  Samuel  Hubbell,  Jr.,  John  Hubbell, 
Jr.,  Elixabeth  Hull,  wife  of  Samuel  Hull,  Mary  Newton,  wife  of  James  Newton,  Martha  Wakeman, 
wife  of  John  Wakeman,  Abigail  French,  wife  of  Samuel  French  and  Sarah  Stevens,  wife  of  Josiah 
Stevens. 


JOHN  H  UBBELL,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  County,  Colony^of  Connecticut, 
son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Walker,  his  third  wife,  was  born  in 
Pequonnock  (afterwards  called  Stratfield)  in  April,  1691. 

He  was  but  eight  years  old  when  his  father  died.  Was  brought  up 
by  his  mother  and  half  brothers. 

In  17 1 2  he  received  his  share  of  his  father's  estate,  as  the  following 
record  shows. 


*  Gopied  by  the  Author  from  the  original,  in  "  Probate  Court  at  Fairfield,  Connecticut" 


46  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

"Rcc'd  ye  17th  March,  1712  by  me  John  Hubbell  of  Stratfield,  in  ye  County  of  Fairfield  & 
Colony  of  Connecticut,  In  New  England,  by  Agreement  of  Saml  Hubbell  &  Kich:ird  Hubbell  of  ye  sd 
Place  to  say  all  my  right  &  title  &  Interest  &  pretence  in  &  to  any  Reversion  Right,  which  did  or 
doth  Belong  unto  me  In  any  Part  of  my  Father  Richard  Hubbell,  Deed,  his  Estate  or  unto  any  part 
of  ye  Widow,  my  Mother  Hubbell  third  Part  or  Dowry.  And  I  ye  said  John  Hubbell  do  acknowledge 
to  have  Rec'd  my  full  Portion  in  Land,  as  I  agreed  with  ye  above  Mentioned  Saml  &  Richard  Hub- 
bell as  may  farther  appear  Pr  an  Instrument  bearing  Even  date  with  these  Presents  under  hand  & 
Seal :  I  say  Rec'd  in  full  of  all  Legacy  whatever,  respecting  to  my  father  Hubbell  Estate,  as  witness 
my  hand  &  Seal  ye  Day  &  Date  above. 

JoHH  Hubbell,        [seal.] 

Witnesses-    i  Timothy  Wheeler, 
'    (  Daniel  Hubbell. 

A  true  Copy  of  ye  Origll  Recorded  Pr 

Daniel  Burb,  Register.*'* 

His  residence  in  Stratford  was  within  the  bounds  of  Stratfield  Parish, 
and  was  situated  on  what  is  now  known  as  Park  Avenue,  (in  Bridgeport, 
Conn.)  He  died  April  8,  1774,  and  was  buried  in  the  Stratfield  Burj'ing 
Ground,  where  rest  his  parents,  his  brother  Joseph,  and  half  brothers 
Richard  and  Samuel,  Senior,  also  his  own  wife  and  children. 


RICHARD  HUBBELL,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield,  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut,  son  of  Lieutenant  John  Hubbell  and  his  wife  Patience,  was  bom 
January-  25,  1684,  in  Stratford.  He  was  granted  a  Lieutenants  commission  by 
Governor  Talcot.  in  1728;  {sec  fac-sipnile  on  opposite  page)  and  afterwards 
became  Captain  of  a  Colonial  Company.  For  many  years  he  lived  on 
the  ^*  White  Hills,"  in  Fairfield  County,  Was  by  trade  a  Hatter,  Had  a 
large  tract  of  land  that  the  purchased  from  the  Government,t  and  was  a 
successful  Planter.  His  descendants  are  very  numerous  on  the  "White 
Hills"  at  the  present  day  (1880.)  He  died  November  27,  1758,  and  is 
buried  in  the  old  church  yard  at  Huntington  Centre,  "White  Hills,"  Fair- 
field Co.,  Conn.      His  Will  is  interesting. 

"In  the  Name  of  God  Amen.  I  Richard  Uubbell,  of  Stratford,  in  the  County  of  (airfield, 
being  advanced  in  age,  but  through  ye  Goodness  of  God  in  a  Competency  of  health  and  of  Sound 
Mind  and  Memory,  think  it  l)edt  at  this  time  to  make  this  My  Last  Will  &  testament,  and  first  of  all 
I  freely  Give  and  bequeath  My  Soul  into  ye  hands  of  God  who  Gave  it,  hoping  that  through  ye 
Merrits  &  Intersestion  of  Jesus  Christ  My  ownly  Saviour  and  Redeemer  to  find  pardon  and  accep- 
tance and  a  Glorious  Ressurrection  to  Immortal  felisaty  &  happiness,  and  my  body  to  Return  to  the 
Dust  from  whence  it  was  taken,  to  be  Desently  Entard  at  ye  discretion  of  My  Executor  here  after 


*  Copit'<l  by  the  Author  from  "  Fairfield  Probate  Records." 

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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBS  ELL  FAMILY.  47 

Named y  and  as  to  what  worldly  Goods  and  £state,  it  hath  pleased  ye  Lord  to  bless  me  with  in  this 
world,  I  freely  give  and  bequeth  as  foUowetb. 

Imprimis.  My  will  is  that  all  My  Just  debts  and  funerall  Expences  shall  first  be  paid  out  of  My 
moTeable  Estate. 

Itm.     I  freely  Give  unto  My  Loveing  wife  Abigail  Hubboll,  all  My  Moveable  Estate  (Except  what  I 
shall  here  after  dispose  of)  to  be  her  own  forever ;  also  I  Give  unto  My  sd  Wife  ye  use  &  Im- 
provement of  My  house  not  yet  disposed  of,  and  ye  use  of  all  My  Lands  during  the  time  She  Shall 
Remain  My  widow.    I  also  Give  unto  My  sd  wife  full  power  to  Sell  any  part  of  My  Land  during 
her  widow  whood  as  afore  sd  if  She  Shall  Stand  in  need  for  her  Support  &  Comfort. 

Itm.  I  freely  Give  and  bequeath  unto  My  Loveing  Son  John  Hubbell,  and  unto  his  heirs  and 
assigns  forever  (after  ye  deoe — of  my  wife  already  Given)  about  twenty  acres  of  Land  near  his 
house  bounding  Southard  on  ye  highway  westward  on  my  own  Land  &  Nathan  Booths  Land, 
Northeastly  on  Nathan  Hubbells  Land,  &  South  Eastly  on  Beig'a.  Coggeshells  Land  &  Joneses  or 
Dunloss  Land ;  also  one  perch  more  My  upper  Lot  on  ye  Plain  Kunnipg  fh)m  ye  button  wood 
Island,  fifty-five  Rods  in  Length  on  ye  Plain  and  so  up  ye  hill  until  it  Comes  to  my  Lot  Called 
Booths  Lot. 

Itm.  I  freely  Give  unto  My  Loving  Son  William  Ilubbell,  ye  several  parcels  of  Land  here  after 
mentioned  (and  in  ye  form  herein  Expressed)  My  Lot  Called  ye  Dutch  Clover  Lot,  and  also  five 
acres  on  ye  plain  Running  fh)m  the  Hill  to  ye  River,  fgoyning  to  that  I  have  Given  to  my  Son 
John  and  also  ye  Lot  Called  Booths  Lot  and  also  ye  paster  Called  ye  hogg  paster,  ye  two  Last 
mentioned  partly  Joyn  on  Caleb  Whites  Land  and  Nathan  Hubbells  Land  and  is  to  be  fitly  five 
Rods  in  bredth,  and  also  ye  old  Room  of  my  house  and  two  acrerof  orchard  ^joyningto  sd  house 
and  along  by  ye  Lane  that  Leads  to  Nathan  Booths,  and  he  to  have  it  after  ye  use  to  my  wife  is 
Ended,  and  on  these  Conditions  that  if  my  sd  Son  William  liubbcU  shall  Marry  and  have  heirs 
or  one  heir  of  his  body  Lawfully  begotten,  then  ye  sd  Land  Mentioned  to  be  Given  to  him  shall 
be  an  Estate  in  fee  to  him  and  to  his  heirs  for  Ever ;  but  if  My  sd  Son  William  shall  dye  with- 
out such  heir  or  heirs  as  afore  sd,  then  I  Give  ye  sd  Lands  as  foUoweth  viz.  To  my  Son  John 
Hubbell  &  his  heirs  for  Ever  halfe  ye  sd  five  acres  in  ye  plain  Given  to  my  Son  William,  and 
also  ye  Lot  Called  Booths  Lot  &  ye  paster  Called  ye  hogg  paster  and  ye  Lot  Called  ye  Dutch 
Clover  Lot,  and  to  My  son  Nathan  and  to  his  heirs  for  Ever,  one  halfe  of  ye  sd  five  acres  on  ye 
plain,  and  also  ye  sd  old  house  and  ye  afore  sd  two  orchard  Given  to  sd  William. 

Itm.  I  Give  and  bequeath  unto  my  Loveing  Son  Nathan  Hubbell,  and  unto  his  heirs  for  Ever  after 
ye  dccse  of  My  sd  wife  the  Lower  Lot  on  ye  plain  and  also  ye  Remainder  part  of  My  whome- 
stead,  also  three  acres  adjoyning  South  on  Nathan  Booths  Land,  and  West  on  my  own,  North  on 
ye  Land  Given  to  William,  East  on  his  sd  Nathans  own  Land. 

Itm.  I  freely  Give  to  my  four  daughters,  Mary  Shelton,  Abigail  Hurd,  Mehitabel  Curtiss  and  Han- 
nah Smith  to  Each  of  them,  five  pounds  a  peace  to  be  paid  by  My  Executor. 

Itm.  I  freely  Give  to  my  Grandson  Richard  Hubbell,  my  Gun,  the  five  pound  Given  to  Each  of  my 
daughters  in  old  Tenner,  and  I  do  hereby  appoint  and  Constitute  my  sd  Son  John  Hubbell,  to  be 
Sole  Executor  of  this  my  Last  will  &  testament  hereby  making,  nul  &  void,  all  other  and  fomer 
wills  by  Me  here  to  fore  Made  Ratifieing  &  Confirming,  this  to  be  My  Last  will  &  testament,  in 
witness  whereof,  I  have  here  unto  set  My  hand  &  Seal,  this  third  day  of  December,  A.  D.  1751. 

Signed,  Seald,  published  and  declared  by  Capt.  Richard  Hubbell,  ye  date  &  day  above,  to  be 
his  Last  will  &  testament  in  presence  of  us. 

}Saml  Suelton,  1  it  is  to  be  Noted  that  I  Give  ye  Land  yt  is  Left  open  yt  Leads  to 
MoLBT  Jordan,  \  Nathan  Booths,  to  my  two  sons,  John  and  Nathan,  Equally  between 
Saml  Adams.      J  them  and  their  heirs  for  Ever. 

Richard  Hubbbll,        [seal.] 


48  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

"Stratford,  december  the  22iid  day,  1758,  then  personallj  appeared  Messrs.  Saml  Adams 
Saml  Shelton  &  Moley  Jordan  the  witnesses  to  ye  foregoing  will  and  Made  Sollom  oath  that  they 
See  Capt.  Richard  Hubbell,  (now  decesed)  Sign  and  Seal  ye  foregoing  will,  and  heard  him  declare  ye 
Same,  to  be  his  Last  will  &  testament ;  And  that  they  all  signd  as  witnesses  to  ye  sd  will  at  ye  same 
time,  &  that  they  see  Each  other  Sign,  and  that  they  all  Signed  in  ye  presence  of  the  testator,  and 
that  they  Judged  ye  testator  to  be  of  a  Sound  desposing  Mind. 

Sworn  before  me. 

IcHABOD  Lewis, 

Justice  of  peace.*' 

*<  At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Fairfield,  Jan.  2nd,  1759,  Personally  appeared  John  Hubbell, 
named  Exeer  to  ye  foregoing  Will,  accepted  ye  Trust  committed  to  him  by  ye  Testator,  and  at  ye 
same  time  Ehibited  sd  Will  to  sd  Court  for  Probation,  which  being  proved,  is  by  sd  Court  approved 
&  ordered  to  be  recorded. 

Test."* 


JOSIAH  HUBBELL  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Lieutenant  John  Hubbell  and  his  wife  Patience,  was  bom  in 
Stratford,  in  i688,  and  died  in  1752. 

His  Will  was  recorded  September  I,  1752,  and  is  as  follows: 

"  In  the  Name  of  Ood,  amen.  I,  Josiah  llubbell,  of  Stratfield,  in  fairfield  County  &  Connecti* 
cut  Colony,  Being  in  a  Low  State  of  Bodily  health.  But  of  Sound  Mind  &  Memory,  doe  make  &  or- 
dain this  my  Last  Will  &  Testament.  First  &  Caeifly  I  Comt  my  Soul  To  God  in  Jesus  Christ,  my 
Body  I  Bequeath  To  the  dust  To  Be  desently  Bnr^'ed,  att  ye  discretion  of  My  Christian  friends ;  my 
Worldly  Goods,  afifter  my  Just  debts  are  Payed  and  funerall  Charges  descharged,  I  Give  &  Bequeath 
them  in  maner  following  : 

Item.  To  my  Beloved  wife  Martha  I  Give  &  Beqeath  one  third  Part  of  all  my  moveable  Estate,  and 
the  Improvement  of  one  third  Part  of  all  my  Real  Estate  during  her  Naturall  life. 

Item.  To  iny  daughter,  Elizabeth  Willcoxcen,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  thirty  shillings,  old  Tenor  money, 
which  with  what  I  have  allready  Given  her  makes  ye  whole  of  her  Portion. 

Item.  To  my  daughter,  Hannah  Brindsmade,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  thirty  Shillings,  old  Tenor  money, 
which  with  what  I  have  allready  Give  her,  makes  ye  whole  of  her  Portion. 

Item.  To  my  Eldist  Son,  Samuel  Hubbell,  &  To  his  heirs  &  assigns  forever,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  that 
Part  of  my  home  Lots  that  Lyeth  in  ye  Reare  of  his  home  Lot  Between  his  home  lot  and  Joseph 
Wells  Lot,  to  Run  from  ye  Southeast  Comer  of  his  homelot  a  Streight  Line  with  his  East  Line  of 
fence  til  it  mete  with  Joseph  Wells  fenced  Lot,  which  Tract  will  Be  Bounded  north  with  his 
home  Lot  and  South  with  sd  Wells  Land.  Also  I  Give  him  Six  acres  of  Land  Joyning  To  the 
North  Side  of  his  Land  att  the  Point  So  called.  Bounded  South  with  his  owne  Land,  north  with 
my  Lands.  Allso  one  fourth  Part  of  my  Lands  att  Rockey  hill  to  him  &  his  heirs  &  assigns  in 
fee,  which  with  what  I  have  allready  Given  him  makes  the  whole  of  his  Portion. 

Item.  To  my  Son,  Ebenezer  Hubbell,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  one  fourth  Part  of  my  Land  Att  Rockey 
hill  and  two  acres  of  Land  att  ye  North  End  of  my  Pasture  to  him  &  his  heirs  &  assigns  forever 
in  fee.  Which  with  what  I  have  allready  Given  him  makes  the  whole  of  his  Portion. 

•  Copied  by  the  Author  fh>m  the  original  Will  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Conn.^ 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  49 

lUm.  To  my  Son,  John  Habbell,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  ye  one  half  of  my  dwelling  house  &  Barne  & 
ye  one  half  of  all  ye  rest  of  my  Lands  Not  above  Given  To  him  &  his  heirs  &  assigns  forever  in 
fee. 

Item.  To  my  son,  Josiah  Hubbell,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  the  other  halfe  of  my  dwelling  house  &  Barne 
&  the  other  Equall  halfe  of  all  ye  rest  of  my  Lands  not  Given  to  Samuel  &  Eben^zer  that  is 
Left  as  much  as  is  above  Given  to  John.  To  him^  that  is  To  Josiah  &  his  heirs  and  assigns  for- 
ever in  fee. 

Item.  To  my  daughter,  Martha  Hubbell,  I  Give  &  Bequeath  five  hundred  Pounds,  old  Tenor  money, 
To  be  Paid  out  of  my  Moveable  Estate  as  flu*  as  that  will  doe  it,  the  Remainder  of  the  five  hun- 
dred  Pounds  if  any  Be  wanting  of  ye  moveable  Estate  my  Will  is  It  Shall  Be  Paid  To  Martha 
By  my  four  Sons,  in  Equall  Shares ;  &  further  it  is  my  will  that  my  four  Sons  shall  each  of 
them  Give  my  Wife  three  Loads  of  wood  yearly  So  longe  as  she  lives.  My  will,  and  I  do  hereby 
Constitute  my  Son  Samuel  Hubbell  and  my  Wife  Martha  To  be  Executors  of  this  my  last  Will  h, 
Testament,  Declaring  this  and  this  only  To  be  my  Last  Will  &  Testament,  &  To  Confirme  ye  Same 
I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  &  Seal  this  12th  day  of  July,  A.  D.  1752, 

J08IAH  Hubbell.         [seal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  pronounced  &  declared  To  Be  ye  Last  will  of  ye  Testator  in  Presence  of  us. 

Theosis  Nichols, 
William  Pattebson, 

AaUK    TOMLINSON,  " 

<'Siratfield,  Aug.  ye  18th,  A,  D.  1752.  Theosis  Nichols,  one  of  ye  Witnesses  To  ye  Within 
Written  Will  made  Oaihe  that  he  saw  ye  Testator  To  ye  Within  Written  Will  signe  and  Seale  ye  same, 
&  heard  him  Pronounce  &  declare  ye  same  To  be  his  Last  will  &  Testament,  &  that  he  Set  to  his  hand 
as  a  Witness  in  ye  Presence  of  ye  Testator,  &  he  then  Judged  him  to  Be  of  Sound  Mind  &  memory. 

Swome  Before  me,  Edmund  Lewis, 

Justice  of  Peace." 

"  Stratfield,  Aug  ye  18th,  A.  D.,  1752.     The  Witnesses,  William  Patterson  &  Agur  Tomlinson, 

Two  of  ye  Witnesses  of  ye  Within  Will,  made  Oathe  that  they  saw  ye  Testotor  To  ye  Within  Will 

Signe  h.  Seal  ye  Same,  &  heard  him  Pronounce  ye  Same  to  Be  his  Last  Will  &  Testament,  &  that  they 

Set  to  their  hands  as  Witnesses  in  ye  Presence  of  ye  Testator,  and  they  then  Judgid  him  to  Be  of 

Sound  Mind  &  Memory. 

Swome  Before  me,  Theosis  Nichols, 

Justice  of  Peace.** 

*<  AU  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Fairfield,  Septem  1st  Day  A.  D.,  1752,  the  Samuel  Hubbell  and 
Martha  Hubbell,  named  Ezctrs  to  ye  foregoing  Will,  Accepted  ye  trust  Committed  to  them  by  ye  Tes- 
tator at  Said  Court,  sd  will  was  by  Said  Samuel  Hubbell  Exhibited  in  Order  for  probation,  &  ye  same 
being  proved  is  by  Said  Court  Approved  And  Ordered  to  be  Recorded. 

Test,  David  Buee,  aerk.*** 


PETER  HUBBELL,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell  and  Rebecca  Morehouse,  was 
bom  August  loth,  1686,  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut 

•  Copied  by  the  Author  fh>m  the  original  Will  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court  at  Fairfield,  Connecticut." 


50  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Having  been  given  a  large  tract  of  land  in  Ne^itown  by  his  father, 
he  settled  there  in  1709,  kept  the  first  Hotel  and  was  granted  the  first  Ferr>'. 
Was  a  prominent  man  in  the  town,  as  is  shown  by  the  following  extracts 
from  the  Town  Records. 

(Also  see  extracts  from  "  Colonial  Records  of  Coijnecticut,"  in  Ap- 
pendix to  this  work.) 

He  died  in  1780.  As  his  Will,  Inventory,  and  the  Distribution  of  his 
Estate  are  very  interesting,  they  are  given  in  full. 

*'  December  ye  0th,  1712,  mtt  m  Uwfull  Towne  meeting  of  the  In  habitance  of  neirtowne,  held 
at  newtowne.  Voted  for  James  Hard  and  Peter  Hubbell  to  be  surveyors  of  high  ways  for  the  yeare 
In  sueing.  Voted  for  Abraham  Kimberley  and  Peter  Hubbell  to  be  Listers  for  the  yeare  In  sueing. 
Vote^l  for  Abraham  Kimberly  and  Peter  Hubbell  to  be  Colectors  for  the  yeare  Insueing.  Voted  that 
Stephen  Parmelee  shall  hare  the  use  of  an  acre  and  an  halfe  of  land,  which  is  the  burying  place, 
provided  he  cleared  the  bushes  and  fences  it  and  grows  it  with  English  grass  seed.  Voted  that 
Nathaniel  Parmalee  is  to  beet  the  drum  for  the  yeare  Insueing.  Voted  for  Peter  Hubbell  to  be  sealer 
of  incisures  and  waits  for  the  yeare  Ensueing.  Voted  for  the  said  Peter  Hubbell  to  Keep  a  house  of 
Entertainment  for  the  yeare  Ensueing."* 

••  Att  a  Lawfull  Town  Meetting  of  ye  Inhabitants  of  New  Town,  htM  September  ye  30th,  1726. 
The  Inhabitants  afore  sd  of  and  by  their  Vote  made  Choice  of  and  <lid  appoint  Sergt.  Peter  Hubbell 
to  be  their  Agent  in  ye  towns  behalf  to  prefer  their  petition  to  The  Honrbl  Generall  assembly  to  be 
lIoMcu  alt  New  Haven,  October  ye  14th,  172 ').  To  Eatreat  ye  favour  of  ye  Honourable  assembly  as 
to  what  is  refard  to  in  ye  Petition."! 

•*  A  ferry  from  Newtown  to  Woodbury  was  granted  to  Peter  Hubbell,  at  Pootatuck,  May  13th, 
17'jO  This  was  about  an  eighth  of  a  mile  below  Fort  Hill,  which  is  located  on  the  west  side  of 
the  Housatonic,  directly  opposite  the  Indian  village  of  Pootatuck,  on  the  east  side  of  that  river. 
At  these  two  points,  within  gunshot  of  the  river,  the  Indians  had  forts  to  protect  themselves  against 
the  .Mohawks,  and  after  the  introduction  of  firearms  among  the  natives,  a  fleet  of  Mohawk  canoes 
on  the  river  would  afford  a  capital  mark  for  the  practice  of  gunnery.  The  ferry  was  at  the  north 
end  of  Cockshure's  Island,  previously  to  this  owned  by  the  sachem  of  that  name,  but  since  Icnowu 
as  Hubbell's  Island,  from  the  ferryman  above  mentioned."  J  (See  "State  Papers,"  Travel,  Vol.  I, 
page  174). 

^'In  the  Name  of  God  Amen.  I  Peter  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
being  weak  in  body,  but  sound  in  Mind  and  memory,  my  God  be  praised,  do  this  first  Day  of  May, 
A.  D.  1770,  make  and  publish  this  my  last  Will  and  Testament  in  manner  following  that  is  to  say. 
Imprimis.  I  commend  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  God  who  gave  it,  my  body  to  the  earth  in  hope  of 
a  joyful  resurrection  through  Jesus;  And  as  for  the  Estate  wherewith  my  God  hath  blessed  me,  I 
dispose  thereof  as  follows,  viz.  First.  I  give  ten  pounds  lawful  money  to  the  first  or  Pie8l>eterian 
Church  in  Newtown,  to  be  disposed  of  for  the  use  and  behoof  of  said  church  forever,  as  the  major 
part  thereof  shall  see  fit.  Item.  I  give  to  my  well  beloved  wife  Sarah,  the  free  use  and  improve- 
ment of  one  third  part  of  my  real  estate  during  her  widowhood,  or  so  long  as  she  remains  my  widow 

♦  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Newtown  liecurds." 

t  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Newtown  KecordH." 

X  Bee  "Cothren'fl  Ancient  Woodbury,"  p.  160,  also  Extracts  from  ••  Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,"  in 
Appendix  to  this  work. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  hAMILY.  51 

as  the  Law  provides,  and  also  one  third  part  of  my  personal  or  moveable  estate  forever,  to  be  for  her 
use  and  disposal  at  pleasure  without  molestation.  Item.  I  give  unto  my  son  Ephraim,  in  consider- 
ation of  his  being  my  first  bom,  my  largest  Mirror  or  looking  Glass,  which  with  what  I  have  already 
given  him  is  his  full  proportion,  and  all  that  he  is  to  have  of  my  estate.  Item.  I  give  unto  my  sons 
Peter,  Ezra,  or  their  heirs,  and  Jedediah,  to  each  and  every  of  them,  the  sum  of  five  pounds  lawf\il 
money  to  be  paid  out  of  my  estate  as  hereafter  ordered.  Item.  I  give  onto  my  son  Matthew  the 
sum  of  two  pounds  ten  shillings.  Money  aforesaid,  as  hereafter  ordered.  Item.  I  give  to  my 
(laughter  Sarah,  the  sum  of  five  pounds,  money  aforesaid,  to  be  equally  divided  between  her  Heirs. 
Item.  I  give  to  my  son  Gideon,  the  sum  of  ten  pounds  lawful  money,  which  several  sums  with  what 
I  have  already  given  to  my  sons  Peter,  Ezra  or  their  heirs,  Jedediah,  Matthew  &  Gideon  &  my 
daughter  Sarah,  is  their  proportion  and  is  all  they  i^nd  every  of  them  are  to  have  of  my  estate.  Item. 
I  give  unto  my  daughter  Katharine,  the  sum  of  ten  pounds  lawful  money,  which  with  what  she  hath 
already  had,  is  her  proportion  &  all  she  is  to  have  of  my  estate.  Item.  I  give  unto  my  daughter 
Mary,  the  sum  of  fifty  pounds  lawful  Money,  exclusive  of  what  she  hath  earned  to  herself  since  she 
came  of  age,  or  may  earn  to  herself  until  my  decease;  And  my  Will  is  that  the  above  Legacies  be 
paid  as  above  directed  out  of  my  Estate,  the  one  half  to  each  iu  proportion  to  his  Legacy  at  the  end 
of  one  year  after  my  decease,  the  other  half  at  the  end  of  two  years  after  my  decease,  toibe  paid  in 
monies  or  otherwise  as  they  may  agree.  And  now  my  further  Will  and  pleasure  is  that  after  the 
above  said  I>egacies.  all  my  just  Debts  already  contracted  or  that  I  may  contract  before  m>  decease, 
together  with  my  funeral  Charges  be  paid  out  of  my  estate  by  my  Executors,  who  I  shall  hereafter 
appoint,  that  the  remainder  of  my  estate  real  and  personal  be  equally  divided  between  my  three  sons 
to  wit :  Comfort,  Enoch  and  Silas  ;  and  also  that  the  third  of  my  real  Estate  given  to  my  Wife  Sarah, 
be,  after  the  Expiration  of  the  terra  of  time  she  remains  my  Widow,  equally  divided  between  my  said 
.sons,  viz..  Comfort,  Enoch  &  Silas,  and  to  be  for  them  and  their  Heirs  forever.  And  I  make,  ordain, 
&  appoint  my  eldest  son  Ephraim  &  John  Chandler  of  said  Newtown,  to  be  the  sole  Executors  of  this 
my  last  Will  &  Testament,  to  take  care  and  see  the  same  performed  according  to  my  tone,  intent  and 
meaning. 

In  Witness  whereof,  I  the  said  Peter  Hubbell,  have  to  this  my  last  Will  &  Testament,  set  my 
hand  and  seal  the  day  and  Date  above  written. 

P£TEU  HrSBELL,  [SBAL.] 

Signed.  Sealed,  published  and  declared,  by  the  said  Peter  llubbell,  as  and  for  his  last  Will 
and  Testament,  in  Presence  of 

Nathax  Wasiibox,  Asa  Cooswbll,  John  Adams,  Witnesses."* 

•*  Fairfield  County,  S.S.,  Newtown,  on  the  22nd  of  February,  A.D.  1780,  personally  appeared 
Messrs.  Nathan  Washbon,  Asa  Cogswell  and  John  Adams.  The  evidences  to  the  above  and  fore- 
going Will  &  Testament,  and  on  sworn  Oaths  declared  that  the  Testator  signed,  sealed  &  declared 
the  same  to  be  his  last  Will  &  Testament  in  their  presence,  that  they  severally  evidenced  the  same  in 
presence  of  the  Testator,  and  in  the  presence  of  each  other,  and  that  the  Testator  was  at  that  time  in 
their  opinion  in  the  free  exercise  of  his  Reason  and  of  a  well  disposing  mind. 

Sworn  before,  John  Chandler,  Justice  Peace. 

At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Danbury,  April  4th,  1780. 
Present,  Joseph  C^ke,  tisq.,  Judge. 

Ephraim  Hubbell.  Ksq..  one  of  the  Kxecutors  named  in  the  foregoing  Will,  exhibited  the  same 
to  said  Court  of  Probation  and  before  said  Court  accepted  the  trust  reposed  in  him  by  the  Testator. 


*  C<»pied  by  the  Author  from  '•  Probate  Records  of  Newtown,"  In  Danbury,  Conn. 


52  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Col.  John  Chandler,  the  other  Executor  named,  declined  said  trust,  said  Will  being  proTed,  is  by 
said  Court  approved  and  ordered  to  be  recorded. 

Test,  Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jon. 

Qerk."* 


"^5 


An  InTentory  of  the  Estate  of  Mr.  Peter  Hubbell,  late  of  Newtown,  deceased. 

Cash  in  Continental  Bills,  89s.  9d.;  One  Coat,  88., 2 

One  West,  Is.;  One  light  blue  Coat,  4s.  6d.;  One  old  Vest,  Is.  3d.,       ....  0 
One  great  Coat,  10?.;  One  pair  leather  breeches,  4s.;  Three  pr.  linen  do.,  3s,       .        .1 

One  pr  leather  Gloves,  28.  6d.;  Two  pr  lin  stockings,  38., 0 

One  pr  grey  yarn  stockings,  2s.  6d.;  One  pr  dark  grey  do.,  2s, 0 

One  pr.  old  do.  Is.;  One  pr.  blue  do  4s., 0 

One  Check  flannel  Shirt,  2s.  6d.;  One  do.,  2s.;  One  pr.  linen  Stockings,  Is.  9d.,  .        .  0 

One  holland  Cap,  Is.;  One  green  baized  do.,  3d., 0 

One  black  Cravat,  Is.  2d.:  One  Scarf,  9d.;  One  Beaver  Hatt,  28s.,        ....  1 

Two  Silver  Spoons,  18s.;  Two  do.  (One  at  14s.  &  One  at  12s.), 2 

Five  tea  spoons,  ISs.;  One  Silver  gill  cup,  868.;  One  pr.  Silver  Shoe  Buckles,  128;  One 

pr.  Silver  Buttons,  Is., 8 

One  pr.  Money  Scales,,  2s.;  One  Stone  3s.;  One  Razor,  28.  6d., 0 

One  large  looking  Glass,  80s.;  One  Case  of  Draws,  75s., 7 

Cash  in  Silver,  8s.  2d.;  One  Cup  and  Two  Square  Bottles,  3s., 0 

Four  junk  bottles,  2s.  8d.;  One  quart  Bottle,  Is.  4d., 0 

One  Chest,  3s.;  One  Box,  4d.;  One  Stone  Jugg,  6d.;  One  SnuiU  Box,  8d 0 

One  Trunk,  4s.;  One  great  Wheel,  3s.  6d.;  One  larg  Chest,  Ss., 0 

One  warming  pan,  Ts.;  One  round  Table,  8s., 0 

One  pr.  hand  Irons,  20s.;  One  Peal,  5s.;  One  pr.  Tongs,  3s., 1 

One  small  Peal,  2s.  6d.;  tobacco  tongs,  5e., 0 

Onepr.  small  Stillyards,  58.;  One  Gridiron,  Gs.;  toasting  Iron,  8s.  6d.,        ...  0 

One  Lamp,  Is.  6d.;  One  Melting  Ladle,  Is.  Gd., 0 

One  Flax  Hetchel,  98.;  One  fine  do.,  lOs.;  10  old  Chairs,  10s., 1 

One  great  leather  Chair,  12s.;  One  Striped  Blanket,  15s., 1 

One  Check  do.,  128.;  One  Dutch  do.,  lis.;  One  pr.  woolen  Sheets,  lOs.  6d.,           .        .  1 

Two  Coverlids,  238.  6d.;  One  do.,  9s, *•        .        .1 

One  Blanket,  7s-  6d.;  One  Bedtick,  7s.,       , 0 

One  Bedstead  &  Cord,  9s.,  One  feather  Bed,  Bolster  &  pillows,  58s.,    ....  3 

One  Feather  Bed  and  Bolster,  48s. ;  One  old  Bedstead  and  Under  Bed,  Gs.,          .        .  2 

One  Striped  Blanket,  98. ;  One  Blancket,  98., 0 

One  do  IGs. ;  One  Bed  Bolster  and  Pillow,  7s. ;  One  under  bed  &  two  Bolsters,  5s.,     .  1 

One  Table,  2s.  Gd. ;  One  brass  Cockle  Sive,  30s. ;  One  White  woolen  sheet,  Gs.,     .        .  1 

One  White  woolen  Sheet,  Gs. .  One  fVying  pan,  5s., 0 

One  Brass  Kettle,  50s. ;  One  small  do,  19s. ;  One  small  brass  kettle,  78.,       .        .        .8 

One  Brass  Ladle,  28.  Gd 0 

One  Tin  Oven,  12s. ;  One  tin  Cover,  4s. ;  Four  &  half  Sein  Chain,  4s.  3d.,  .         .        .  1 

Four  Cast  Boxes,  7s. ;  One  Bushel  Bale,  Is., 0 

One  burning  iron,  Gd. ;  One  Crow  Bar,  5s. ;  One  broad  ax,  4s. ;  two  heaters,  lOd.,       .  0 

One  hand  Bellows,  Is. ;  One  tape  loom,  8d.  ;  One  bag,  28.  Gd., 0 

One  Gall  Bottle,  2s. ;  One  do,  Is. ;  Iron  Dish  KeUle,  Gs., 0 


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*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Probate  Records  of  Newtown,"  now  in  Probate  Court  of  Danbnry,  Con- 
necticut. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 


53 


One  Bog  hoe,  68. ;  One  Chaffing  Dish,  Is.  6d. ;  One  Iron  Bason,  28.  6d 
One  Board  ax,  58.  6d. ;  One  Gun,  ISs. ;  One  2  Qrt  Dish,  9d., 
One  Iron  Pot,  Gs. :  One  small  Iron  Kettle,  28.  6d. ;  One  tea  Kettle,  13s 
Two  trammels,  128.  9d. ;  Box  Iron  &  Grate,  48. ;  Shoe  Punch,  4d., 
Lanoett,  4d. ;  One  pr  Shoemaker's  pincers,  Is. ,  One  post  ax,  4s.  6d., 
Pick  do,  2s. ;  Stone  Hammer,  Is.  3d. ;  One  small  Hetohel,  Is.,     . 
Two  pr  pincers,  Is.  3d. ;  Cooper's  Adze,  Ss.  6d. ;  Iron  Sledge,  2s.  8d., 
One  broad  Chisel,  6d. ;  Narrow  do,4d. ;  One  do,  6d. ;  handsaw,  2s., 

Jack  \  Auger,  Is.  3d., 

One  Auger,  Is. ;  Bung  do,  Is. ;  Stub  Ax,  2s. ;  tap  auger,  lOd.,     . 

Two  files.  Is. ;  breast  bit,  38. ;  One  old  Chest,  2s., 

Branding  Iron,  2s. ;  One  do,  6d. :  Two  pr  Sheep  Sheaip,  28,  6d., 

Pegging  awl,  6d. ;  A  drawing  knife.  Is., 

Old  Square,  8d. ;  Small  trowel,  6d. ;  hammer,  6d. ;  Sickle,  6d.,  . 

Iron  Curtain  rods,  3s.  6d. ;  One  pr  Spectacles,  3s.,       . 

One  pr  Gold  Sieve  Buttons,  25s. ;  Two  Bells,  4s., 

Pair  Cards,  Is.  8d. ;  Ten  Wooden  trays,  V2».  Od., 

Two  small  Tubs,  Vs.  4d. ;  Two  Milk  Pails,  38.  6d.,        .  , 

Mortar,  Is.  6d. ;  Culinder  &  Candle  box.  Is. ;  tin  Kettle,  Is., 

Tunnil,  4d. ;  One  tin  pan,  8d. ;  One  do.,  Is.  6d.  ,  One  do,  Is.  3d., 

Lanthom,  Is.  3d. ;  A  peice  of  Chain,  Is. ;  One  Crain  hook,  Gd.,  . 

One  Meal  siye,  Is.  8d. ;  One  do,  8d. ;  Wort,  do.  Is.,    , 

Wooden  Scimmer,  8d. ;  three  trenchers,  6d. ;  Wooden  Bowl,  8d., 

Spice  Mortar,  6s. ;  puter  mustard  pot,  Is.  Gd.,     . 

One  pint  Measure,  Is.  3d. ;  Spice  Mill,  3s., 

Large  puter  platter  &  Seven  plates,  12s.  3d. ;  A  puter  platter,  5s., 

Soup  do,  28.  6d. ;  three  old  plates,  2s., 

Pive  knives  &  forks,  Ss. ,  One  quart  pott,  3s.  6d. ;  One  pt  do,  Is.  lOd. 

Three  pint  Basen,  48. ;  One  Basen,  2s.  6d. ;  One  qt  Basen,  Is.  6d., 

One  Basen,  Is. ;  Pint  Basen,  lOd.  ;  porringer,  9d. ;  porringer,  Gd., 

Bread  pan,  Ts. ;  One  tin  ladle,  4d. ;  Tea  pott,  3s.  6d.,  . 

Small  tin  oven,  2s.  6d.  ;  Coflfee  pott.  Is. ;  flax  seed  reed,  3s., 

Earthen  platter,  4d. ;  two  Candlesticks,  Is. ;  Seven  run  tow  yarn,  Ts., 

One  Salt  box,  6d. ;  Small  earthen  dish,  3d. ;  Stone  pott,  2s. 

One  barril,  2s.  ;  two  small  Caggs,  4s.,  . 

Two  old  small  Casks,  Is. ;  One  old  dry  barril,  9d., 

Two  S<»ap  Barrils,  28. ;  Three  dry  barrils,  48.  6d. 

One  dry  barril,  28. ;  Two  Baggs,  28.  3d., 

Five  tea  Cups  &  Saucers,  2s. ;  Earthen  Bowl,  4d., 

One  China  Cup  &  Saucer,  Is.  2d.  ;  Small  Earthen  Bowl,  9d., 

One  foot  glass,  8d. ;  One  Gill  Glass,  lOd. ;  Half  pt  Glass,  Is.  4d., 

Blue  stone  pott,  lOd. ;  Cannister,  Is. ;  Blue  stone  pott,  6d., 

Bellamy's  Theren,  6d. ;  Mrs.  Row's  works.  Is.  Gd., 

Doctor  Dodridge's  Works,  28.  ;  Psalms  Book,  2s.  6d., 

9}  yards  Diaper  208.  9d. ;  9J  yards  linen,  at  28.  4d., 

1(  yd  of  check  flannel,  3s.  9d. ;  1  yd  ticking,  38., 

8|  yds  linen  Cloth,  30b.  lOd. ;  four  pr  sheets,  at  16s., 

1  yd  of  sheeting,  98., 

Pr  Sheets,  148. ;  pr  Sheets,  9s. ;  pr  Sheets,  17s.  . 
Pr  Sheets,  9s. ;  pr  Sheets,  20s. ;  Pr  Sheets,  18s., 
One  Sheet,  9s. ;  pr  Sheets,  lOs. ;  Ten  pr  Pillow  Cases,  ISs.  3d., 


0  10  00 

1  00  08 
1  01  00 
0  17  01 
0  05  10 
0  04  03 
0  07  05 
0  08  04 
0  01  08 
0  04  10 
0  06  00 
0  06  00 
0  01  06 
0  02  02 

0  06  06 

1  09  00 
0  14  02 
0  05  10 
0  03  06 
0  03  09 
0  02  09 
0  08  04 
0  01  10 
0  07  06 
0  04  03 
0  17  08 
0  04  06 
0  08  04 
0  08  00 
0  03  02 
0  10  10 
0  06  06 
0  08  04 
0  02  09 
0  06  00 
0  01  09 
0  06  06 
0  04  03 
0  02  04 
0  01  11 
0  02  02 
0  02  04 
0  02  00 
0  04  06 

2  02  02 

0  06  09 

1  16  10 

0  09  00 

2  00  00 
2  17  DO 

1  17  03 


54 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


One  qailting  frame,  28.  6d. ;  two  Diaper  Napkins,  49., 0  06  06 

12  Diaper  Napkins,  10s.  lid. :  One  Diaper  Table  Goth,  5s 0  15  11 

One  Diaper  Table  Ooth,  3s.  6d. ;  One  Diaper  Table  Cloth.  2a., 0  05  06 

One  Plain  Table  Cloth,  Ss.  6d. ;  One  Plain  Table  Goth,  28 0  05  06 

One  Strainer  9il.;  two  window  Curtains  3s.  9d., 0  04  06 

One  bread  bowl  Is.;  One  Ooaths  Basket  Is.  6d., 0  02  (.16 

One  Com  &n  Is.;  One  red  Cow  with  Calf  90s 41100 

One  red  heifer  with  Calf  808., 40000 

One  brown  Cow  SOs.;  Three  Sheep  27s., 5  07  00 

A  Note  of  hand  bearing  date  Augt  S2nd,  1771,  payable  Nov.  1772 8  00  00 

"      *'     *•       •*         •*           "            •♦               **           *'           "     1773 40  00  00 

"     "     "       "         ••           **            '*               '*           ••           ••     1774 30  00  00 

One  note  of''        **          •*     March  17th,  1779.  pavaMe  on  Demand    .                          .  5  <J0  «iO 

One  Parchment  SiTa  for  cleaning  flax  Seed  Is.  6d.,      , 0  01  06 

One  fox  trap  lOs.;  One  Mason  Trowell  28., 0  12  00 

One  pewter  qt  Measure  3s., 00300 

One  Pr  Battens  48.;  One  pr  flems  Is.  6d., 0  05  0»> 

One  Buttrass  Is.;  C  lbs.  flax  4s.;  31bs.  Wool  6s., 0  11  OO 

One  small  Calf  Skin  28., 0  02  00 

One  Piece  of  Wood  Land  supposed  to  contain  about  40  acres  at  45s 9  00  00 

One  piece  containing  100  acres  at  35s., 175  00  00 

One  peice  containing  8  acres  at  £12.10  per  acre, 102  08  00 


£526    06    00 


Newtown,  March  29th,  1780.     We  the  Subscribers  being  appointed  to  appraise  the  Estate  of 
Mr.  Peter  Hubbell,  deceased,  first  being  qualified  bj  oath,  the  above  is  a  true  Inyentory. 

Ephraim  Subemas. 
Benj  Spees. 


At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Daobury,  April  4th,  1780,  Ephraim 
Hubbell,  Esq.,  only  acting  Executor  of  the  last  Will  and  Testament  of  Mr.  Peter  Hubbell,  late  of 
Newtown  in  said  District,  deceased  exhibited  the  foregoing  InTentor}-  for  probation  and  made  Oath 
thereto  in  usual  form,  said  InTentory  being  proved,  is  by  said  Court  approved  and  ordered  to  be  re- 
corded. 

Test,  Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jun., 

Clerk. 


A  true  Record  of  the  original  Inventory. 


Test. 


Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jun., 

Clerk.** 


"At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Danhurj,  April  4ih.  1780.  Ben- 
jamin Spees,  Esq.,  of  Woodbury,  Messrs.  Ephraim  Sherman  and  Elijah  Botsford.  of  Newtown,  all 
freeholders,  are  appointed  and  impowered  to  distribute  and  make  Division  of  the  Estate  of  Mr.  Peter 
Hubbell,  late  of  said  Newtown,  deceased,  amounting  in  Real  Estate  to  the  sum  of  £365,  and  in  clear 
moveable  Estate  to  the  sum  of  £101-6,  according  to  the  last  Will  and  Testament  uf  said  deceased. 

Test,  Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jun., 

Clerk. 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Newtown  Prol»ate  RtnxjnJs "  in  Danbur\-,  Conn. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  55 

* 

A  distribution  of  the  Estate  of  Mr.  Peter  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  deceased,  made  by  us,  the 
Subscribers,  being  under  oath. 

First.  Distributed  and  Set  off  to  the  Widow,  Sarah  Hubbell,  in  sundry  Articles  of  moTeable  Estate 
which  agreeable  to  the  Apprisal  thereof  amounts  to  £53  15s.  4s.  Also  set  off  to  said  widow  of  the 
Real  Estate,  Sundry  pieces  of  I^nd^  as  follows,  viz. :  Twenty  acres  on  pine  Hill,  which  is  bounded, 
beginning  86  rods  eastward  of  Joseph  Botsford's  Comer,  by  Itighway ;  thence  S.  E.  2  deg.  222  rods  to 
Potatuck  Brook;  then  by  said  Brook  Eastwardly  14  rods;  then  North  West  2G  Degs.  236  rods  to 
the  aforesaid  Highway  ;  then  by  said  highway  Southwesterly  16  rods  and  10  Links  to  the  Bounds 
begun,  at  £58  13s.  4d..  Also  set  off  two  and  an  half  acres  in  the  Orchard  Lot,  so  called,  which  is 
bounded  beginning  at  a  Bounds  23  rods  Southward  from  the  North  East  Comer  of  said  land ;  thence 
South  West  77  Degs.  21  rods  to  a  Bounds  in  the  Westerly  lines  of  said  Land ;  then  in  said  line 
Southerly  19  rods  to  a  bounds;  then  North  East  77  Degs.  21 J  rods  to  highway  ;  then  Northwardly 
by  said  highway  19  rods  and  8  Links  to  the  Bounds  begun,  at  £88  6s.  8d.  Also  set  off  to  said  widow 
eight  and  an  half  acres  and  16  rods  of  ground  on  Timber  Hill,  so  called,  which  is  bounded  beginning 
at  a  Walnut  shiremark,  29  rods  Southward  from  the  North  West  comer  of  said  land ;  thence  in  the 
Westerly  line  thereof  46  rods  and  14  Links  to  a  heap  of  stones ;  thence  South  West  41  Degs.  27  rods 
and  5  Links  to  a  heap  of  stones  in  the  Easterly  line  of  said  Land  ;  then  in  said  line  Northerly  46 
rods  and  15  links  to  a  heap  of  stones  ;  then  South  West  41  Degs.  82  rods  to  the  Bounds  begun  at, 
with  a  PriTiledge  to  pass  through  Comfort  HubbelFs  land,  adjoining  thereto,  £29  13s.  4d.  Here  it 
may  be  noted  that  the  Lands  above  described  are  all  included  in  those  described  and  set  off  to  Comfort 
and  Enoch  Hubbell. 

The  several  Legacies  set  off  and  distributed  to  the  Legatees  as  follows,  viz. : 

Set  off  to  Ephraim  Hubbell,  Esq.,  a  large  looking  glass, £4 

Set  off  to  Peter  Hubbell  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of £5 

Set  off  to  Jedediah  Hubbell  or  his  Heirs  in  Moveables  to  ihe  sum  of £5 

Set  off  to  Ezra  Hubbell  or  his  Heirs  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of £5 

Set  off  to  Matthew  Hubbell  or  his  Heirs  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of £2  10s. 

Set  off  to  Gideon  Hubbell  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of -         .  £10 

Set  off  to  Sarah  Bryan  or  her  Heirs  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of  .         *         .  .  £5 

Set  off  to  Katharine  Birch  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of £10 

Set  off  to  Mary  Beardglee  iu  Moveables  to  the  sum  of £6     15 

Which  with  £43-5,  before  received,  makes  the  £50  as  per  WDl 

Set  off  to  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  Newtown  in  Moveables  to  the  sum  of        .         .         .  £10 

Distributed  and  set  off  to  Comfort  Hubbell  33  acres  on  the  Westerly  side  of  Pine  Hill,  so 
called,  which  is  bounded  beginning  at  the  North  West  comer  of  said  Land ;  thence  in  the  Westerly 
Line  thereof  to  Potatuck  Brook :  then  by  said  Eastwardly  10  rods  to  a  heap  of  (tones  ;  then  North 
West  26  Degs.  229  rods  and  15  Links  to  a  heap  of  Stones  by  highway ;  then  by  said  highway  44  rods  to 
to  the  bounds  begua,  at  £21  Xo^,  lOd.  Also  set  off  4  acres  of  the  Orchard  Lot,  which  is  bounded  be- 
ginning at  the  North  East  corner  ot  said  Land ;  thence  Southwardly  by  highway  33  to  a  heap  of 
stones ;  then  South  West  77  degs.  22  rods  to  a  heap  of  stones  in  the  West  line  of  said  Land ;  then 
Northwardly  and  Eastwarldy  in  the  original  lines  to  the  Bounds  begun,  at  £33  Os.  3d.  Also  set  off 
to  him  11  acres  and  32  rods  of  Ground  on  Timber  Hill,  which  is  bounded  beginning  at  the  North 
West  corner  of  said  land:  thence  Southerly  49  rods  and  5  lin'^s  to  a  Walnut  Shiremark;  thence 
North  Eiist  41  Deg-*.  29  rods*  »in«l  15  Links  to  a  ])l}ick  Oak  iree  on  >i  Li'flgt*  of  W  rks  in  the  Easterly 
line  of  said  land ;  then  Northerly  and  South wesrly  in  ihe  original  Line-*  lo  th»*  INmnd'i  begun,  at 
£17  I8s.  6d.  Also  set  off  to  him  the  equal  third  part  of  the  Mine  with  the  land  and  lumber  under 
the  Mountain  £H  I2s.  6Jd.     Also  set  off  to  to  him  in  Sundry  Articles  of  Movenblc  F^tnte,  £14  15s  2Jd. 

Distributed  and  set  off  to  Knoch  Hubbell  34  Acres  on  Pine  Hill,  so  called,  which  is  bounded 

as  follows,  beginning  at  the  North  East  corner  of  Comfort's  Land  on  &aid  Hill,  thence  South  East  26 

Degs.  229  rods  and  15  links  to  a  heap  of  stones  by  Potatuck  Brook,  which  also  is  Comfort's  Corner. 

then  Eastwardly  by  said  Brook  10  rods  to  the  South  Kast  corner  of  said  IMne  Hill  Land,  then  Nortli- 


S6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

wardly  in  the  East  line  of  said  Land  129  rods  to  a  heap  of  stones,  thence  South  West  86  Degs.  86 
rods  to  a  stake,  thence  North  West  22J  Degs.  09  rods  to  a  heap  of  stones  by  highway,  then  by  said 
highway  23  rods  and  20  links  to  the  first  Bounds,  £21  ISs.  lOd.  Also  set  off  3  acres  3  quarters  and 
18  rods  of  ground  of  the  Orchard  Lot,-  being  all  the  remainder  of  said  Lot  South  of  Comfort's  4 
Acres,  £33  6s.  8d,  Also  set  of  127  acres  on  Timber  Hill,  being  all  the  remainder  of  that  piece  of 
Land  lying  South  of  and  adjoining  to  the  land  here  set  off  to  Comfort,  as  described  to  him,  £17  18s. 
6d.  Also  set  to  him  the  equal  third  part  of  the  mine  with  the  Land  and  Timber  under  the  Mountain, 
£8  38.  6f .     Also  set  off  to  him  in  Sundry  Articles  of  Moveable  Estate,  £14  Ids.  2}d. 

Distributed  and  set  off  to  Silas  Hubbell  30  acres  of  land  on  Pine  Ilili,  bounded  as  follows : 
Beginning  at  the  North  East  Comer  of  said  Farm,  thence  in  the  Eastwardly  line  Southward  99  rods 
to  a  heap  of  stone,  thence  South  West  86  Degs.  36  rods  to  a  Stake  in  the  ground,  which  is  the  bounds 
of  Enoch's  Land,  thence  North  West  22}  Degs  99  rods  to  highway,  from  thence  in  North  line  of  said 
Farm  to  the  Bounds  began,  at  £72  19s.  Also  set  to  him  the  equal  third  part  of  the  Mine  with  the 
Land  and  Timber  under  the  Mountain,  £8  3s  63d.  Also  set  off  to  him  in  Sundry  Articles  of  more- 
able  Estate  to  the  amount  of  £14  I5s.  2jd. 

Distributed  pr  us,  Elijah  Botsfobd, 


^HRAiM  Sherman,  I  ^^"^^'^"• 


Dated  Newtown,  April  19th,  1780. 


At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Danbury,  April  2d,  1781,  The  fore- 
going distribution  being  exhibited,  for  Probation,  is  approved  and  ordered  to  be  recorded. 

Test,  Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jun., 

Clerk. 

A  true  Record  of  the  original  Distribution. 

Test,  Joseph  P.  Cooke,  Jitn., 

aerk."» 


JONATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  son  of  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell  and  Rebecca  Morehouse, 
was  born  on  March  25,  1692,  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  and  died  in  Newtown,  on  September  6,  1766.  (The  following 
Administration,  Inventory  and  Distribution  of  his  estate  were  copied  for  this 
work  by  Luman  Leroy  Hubbell,  of  Danbury,  Connecticut,  from  **  Newtown 
Probate  Records,"  in  Danbury,  Connecticut. 

**At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Danbury,  October  the  16th, 
1766,  whereas,  Daniel  Hubbell  and  Joseph  Hubbell,  the  eldest  and  youngest  sons  of  Jonathan 
Hubbell,  late  of  Newtown,  in  sd  District,  dec'd.  Personally  appearing  before  this  Court  and  declining 
to  take  administration  on  the  £state  of  their  sd  Father,  and  also  informing  this  Court  that  aU  the 
rest  of  the  male  Heirs  of  the  sd  dcc'd  live  out  of  this  Government,  and  desiring  that  administration 
of  the  sd  Estate  should  be  committed  to  John  Griffin,  son-in-biw  to  the  .sd  Deceased,  whereupon  this 
Court  appoints  the  sd  John  Griffin  administrator  on  the  »iid  Estate,  and  the  sd  John  Griffin  hath 
given  bond  on  file  as  the  law  directs. 

Test,  TiiAi.rs  Bexkdkt.  Oerk.^t 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "Newtown  Probate  KecH»rdx,"  in  Danbury,  Conn, 
t  Sijv  "  Danbury  Probate  Records, "  Vol.  II,  p.  191. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  57 

"Newtown,  in  the  County  of  Fairfield,  we,  the  subscribers  hereunto,  being deHired and  quali- 
fied as  the  law  directs,  have  appraised  the  Estate  of  Jonathan  Hubbell,  late  of  Newton,  deo'd,  have 
this  26th  day  of  NoTember,  A.  D.  1766,  appraised  sd  Estate,  as  the  same  was  presented  to  us  in  the 
following  manner : 

The  Home  Lot  containing  near  5  acres,  at £100    Os.    Od. 

The  old  house  standing  on  sd  lot,  at  the  Well,  at 3     10    0 

One  piece  of  mowing  meadow  containing  4  acres  and  71  rods,  .  .     17     15    6 

*7  acres  of  Boggy  Meadow  given  to  the  Girls,  at 7     10    0 

2  acres  and  33  rods  of  land,  being  the  4th  part  of  a  piece  of  land  called 

the  Island,  in  the  home  meadow  so  called,  at  .  .483 

Five  of  Boggy  Meadow,  lying  north  of  sd  Island,  at        .         .  .         .        3     15    0 

One  Black  mare  at  £5,  one  Shaving  Knife,  Is.  6d., 5      16 

One  Iron  Kettle,  050 

John  Qloveb.  ] 

Ephbaim  Sherman,       >- Appraisers. 

Abraham  Kimbeblt,    j 

"At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  Dist.  of  Danbury,  Dec  2,  1766,  Mr.  John 

Griffin,  Administrator  on  the  Estate  of  Jonathan  Hubbell,   late  of  Newtown,  in  sd  District,  deed, 

exhibited  the  foregoing  Inventory  for  Probation,  and  made  solemn  oath  that  the  same  is  a  true  and 

perfect  inventory  of  all  the  Estate  of  the  sd  Deo'd,  both  real  and  personal,  that  he  knows  of,  and  that 

if  any  more  shall  hereafter  appear  belonging  to  sd  Estate,  that  he  will  cause  the  same  to  be  made 

known  and  inserted  to  this  Court,  sd  Inventory  being  Proved,  is  by  sd  Court  approved  and  ordered 

to  be  recorded. 

Test,  Thadus  Benedict,  Clerk." 

•*  At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Danbury,  for  the  District  of  Danbury,  October  the  4th,  A.  D. 
1768,  Whereas,  Jonathan  Hubbell,  late  of  Newtown,  in  sd  District,  Dec'd,  Dying  Intestate,  hath  left 
in  clear  Real  Estate,  amounting  to  the  sum  of  £72  14s  8d.  as  appears  by  the  Inventory  taken  thereof, 
which  remains  to  1>e  divided  to  and  among  the  children  of  the  sd  DecM,  and  those  that  legally  re- 
presents them,  there  being  no  one  of  the  sd  heirs  that  is  willing  to  take  the  whole  and  pay  Legacies 
to  the  other,  and  yet  praying  for  a  Distribution  of  the  same,  whereupon  this  Court  doth  nominate, 
desire,  appoint  and  Impower  Richard  Firman,  Esq.,  Capt.  John  Glover,  and  Mr.  Ephraim  Sherman, 
Freeholders,  all  of  sd  Newtown,  to  distribute  and  make  division  of  the  sd  Estate  as  the  law  directs, 
(viz :)  to  Daniel  Hubbell  the  eldest  son  to  the  sd  Dec'd,  a  Double  part  or  share  of  sd  I'^tate,  and  to 
Ichabod  Hubbell,  Richard  Hubbell,  Hannah,  the  wife  of  Saml.  Weed,  Elizabeth,  the  wife  of  Beiy. 
We«d,  Jemimah,  the  wife  of  Joseph  Smith,  Hepsabah,  the  wife  of  David  Wells,  Reubih,  the  wife  of 
John  Griffin,  Jeptha  Hubbell,  and  to  the  Heirs  of  Ithamar  Hubbell,  and  to  Sillimaa  Hubbell,  they 
being  the  children  and  all  of  the  children  of  the  sd  Dec'd,  to  each  a  single  part  or  share  in  the  said 
Estate,  having  a  Regard  to  any  Advancement h  made  by  the  Intestate  to  any  of  the  said  children  in 

his  lifetime. 

Test,  Thadi's.  Benedict,  Clerk. 

Pursuant  to  an  order  from  the  Honorable  Judge  of  the  Court  of  Probate,  for  the  District  of 
Danbury,  Impowering  us,  the  subscribers,  to  Distribute  the  Real  Estate  of  Jonathan  Hubbell,  of 
Newtown,  Dec'd,  being  £72  14s.  Od.  we  being  qualified  as  the  law  directs,  have  Distributed  the  sd 
Estate  to  and  among  the  heirs  of  said  Estate,  having  had  Regards  to  the  advancements  made  by  the 
Intestate  to  any  of  the  said  children  in  his  lifetime,  the  advancements  being  personal  Estate,  and  the 
Evidences  we  had  were  the  children  of  the  sd  Dec'd  is  as  follows,  (viz :) 

To  Jeptha  Hubbell  and  Richard  Hubbell  which  sd  Jeptha  hath  bought  of  sd  Richard  off  of 
the  South  side  of  said  deceast  Home  I^tt  in  said  Newtown,  joining  South  on  the  part  of  said  Lot, 
which  Lieut.  Jonathan  Griffin  lately  sold  to  said  Jeptha,  being  two  rods  2  links  of  the  chain,  and  5 


*  Thii  piece  afleirwardB  found  to  have  been  sold  in  his  lifetime. 


58  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

Inches  wide  at  each  end  of  sd  home  lot,  and  running  from  front  to  reir  of  sd  lot,  with  a  Dwelling 
house  standing  thereon. 

To  the  heirs  of  Silliman  Hubbell  joining  South  on  sd  Jeptha  and  Richard's  part  one  rod  and 
16  links  wide  at  East  End  of  h'1  lot,  and  hi  running  from  front  to  rear  of  said  lot. 

To  the  heirs  of  Ithamar  Hubbell,  joining  South  on  sd  Silliman' s  part  8  foot  and  3  Inches 
wide  at  Each  End  of  sd  Lott,  and  so  running  from  front  to  rear  of  sd  lot. 

To  Elizabeth  Weed,  joining  South  to  the  above  part  20  links  and  5  inches  wide  at  Each  End, 
and  so  running  from  front  to  rear  of  sd  lot. 

To  Hephzibah  Wells,  joining  South  to  the  above  part  one  Rod  15  links  and  one  inch  wide  at 
Each  End,  and  so  running  from  front  to  rear  of  sd  Lot. 

To  Jcmimah  Smith,  joining  South  on  the  above  part  one  Rod  8  links  and  5  Inches  wide  at  each 
end,  and  so  running  front  to  rear  of  sd  Ix>tt. 

To  Beulah  Griffin,  two  acres  of  Land  in  the  Home  Meadow  so  called,  bounded  as  mentioned 
in  the  Publick  Records  in  sd  Newtown,  reference  thereto  being  had,  and  also  in  (he  above  said  home 
lot  joining  South  on  sd  Jemimah's  part  5  links  and  6  Inches  wide  at  Each  End,  and  running  from 
front  to  rear  of  sd  lot. 

To  Hannah  Weed  joining  South  on  the  above  part  18  links  and  1  Inch  wide  at  each  end,  and 
so  running  from  front  to  rear  of  si  lot. 

To  Ichabod  Hubbell,  joining  South  on  the  above  part  one  rod  16  links  and  one  Inch  wide  at 
Each  End,  and  running  from  front  to  rear  of  said  lot. 

To  Daniel  Hubbell,  a  douMe  share  joining  South  on  the  above  part  3  Rods  5  links  and  2  Inches 
wide  at  the  front  of  sd  lot,  and  4  Rods  five  links  and  two  Inches  wide  at  the  Rear  or  West  End  of 
sd  lott,  running  from  front  to  rear  of  sd  lot,  and  joining  north  on  Mrs.  Grant's  home  lott,  Rebekah 
Turner  having,  (according  to  the  above  Evidence),  received  all  her  part  in  her  lifetime. 

Those  being  all  heirs  and  all  the  heirs  of  the  Dec'd  made  and  completed  the  24t]i  daj  of  No- 
vember, A.  D.  1768. 

Pr.  JoDN  Glovkb,  1 

Richard  Firman,     V  Distributors. 
Ephraim  SuermaNj  j 

At  a  Court  of  Probate  held  in  Danbury.  for  the  District  of  Danbury,  December  ye  24th,  A.  D. 
1768,  the  foregoing  Distribution  being  Exhibited  for  Probation,  the  same  being  proved,  is  by  said 
Court  approved  and  ordered  to  be  recorded. 

Test,  Thadus.  Benedict,  Clerk. 

A  True  Record  of  the  Original  Distribution. 

Test,  Thadus.  Benedict,  Clerk.'* 


RICHARD  HUBBELL,  of  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fair- 
field County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  Son  of  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell, 
and  his  second  wife  Hannah  Silliman,  was  born  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield 
County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  on  October  20,  1676. 

He  was  a  merchant  engaged  in  trade  with  the  West  Indies  for  many 
years.  From  1783  until  his  death  (1787)  he  was  in  business  with  his  son 
Amos,  under  the  firm  name  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Son.  They  were 
chiefly  in  the  West  Indies  trade,  including  a  coastwise  trade  with  Boston; 
their  place  of  business  was  in  Newfield,  (now  included  in  the  town  of 
Bridgeport,   Conn.) 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  59 

Towards  the  close  of  the  Revolutionary  War  their  business  was  con- 
fined to  a  coasting  trade  between  Newfield  and  Boston,  and  they  were 
enabled  to  render  efficient  aid  to  General  Washington  and  their  country  by 
placing  at  the  disposal  of  Washington  one  of  their  sloops,  for  an  expedition 
to  surprise  and  capture  an  English  Brig  of  War,  then  at  anchor  in  Long 
Island  Sound,  off  Newfield. 

The  facts  as  reported  are  mainly  and  briefly  as  follows :  General 
Washington  then  at  or  near  the  village  of  Black  Rock,  (about  three  miles 
from  Newfield)  detailed  to  Colonel  Talmadge  twenty-five  men  to  embark 
in  a  sloop  at  Newfield,  that  had  been  tendered  by  Richard  Hubbell  and 
Son,  for  the  expedition. 

Amos  Hubbell  was  in  command  of  the  sloop,  being  one  of  the  owners 
of  the  vessel,  he  steered  her  himself  and  under  cover  of  the  darkness, 
placed  her  along  side  of  the  English  Brig,  when  in  a  few  moments  Colonel 
Talmadge  and  his  men  boarded  the  enemy  and  were  soon  in  possession  of 
their  prize,  they  took  the  captured  vessel  and  crew  into  Black  Rock 
harbor  and  surrendered  them  to  General  Washington. 

His  son  Richard  was  also  associated  in  the  business,  and  the  two 
sons  Amos  and  Richard  carried  on  the  same  business  after  their  father's 
death. 

Richard  Hubbell,  the  subject  of  this  sketch,  was  Deacon  of  the  Church 
of  Christ  in  Stratfield  Parish  for  many  years.  (For  further  particulars  see 
Abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut,'*  in  Appendix  to  this  work.) 
The  following  notice  of  his  death  is  from  the  ^'Fairfield  Gazette  and  In- 
dependent Intelligence  I'  of  July  4,   1787.* 

'*  Died  on  the  27th  ult.,  Mr.  Richard  Hubbell,  in  the  08rd  year  of  his  age.  He  was  deacon  of 
the  Charch  in  Stratfield  for  80  years.  He  liTed  with  his  wife  (who  now  surviyes  him)  about  68  years. 
His  loss  is  much  lamented  by  a  numerous  acquaintance." 

'<  In  the  Name  of  God  Amen.  I  Richard  Hubbell.  of  Stratfield  Parish  and  Town  of  Fairfield, 
being  far  advanced  in  years  and  sick  and  weak  in  Body,  but  of  sound  disposing  Mind  and  Memory, 
recommending  my  Soul  to  God  thro  Jesus  Christ  the  Redeemer  and  my  Body  to  decent  Burial,  do 
make  and  ordain  my  last  Will  and  Testament  in  Form  and  Manner  following :  First.  It  is  my  Will 
that  after  my  just  Debts  and  funeral  Charges  are  paid,  my  beloved  wife  Penelope  shall  have  and  pos- 
sess all  my  Household  Furniture  and  moveable  Estate,  and  I  do  hereby  will  and  bequeath  it  all  to  her 
to  be  her  own  forever  and  at  her  Disposal  as  she  shall  think  proper,  excepting  the  Articles  hereafter 
particularly  mentioned,  which  I  design  my  son  Benjamin  shall  have  after  her  Decease.  Secondly. 
It  is  also  my  Will  that  she  shall  have  the  Use  and  Improvement  of  the  old  Meeting  House  Lot,  so 
called,  lying  opposite  to  Mr.  John  Cooke's,  in  Quantity  about  five  Acres,  during  her  natural  Life. 
Thirdly.  It  is  my  will  and  I  do  hereby  give  ancl  Bequeath  unto  my  son  Benjamin  above  mentioned, 
the  said  Lot  or  piece  of  Land  to  be  his  own  forever  afttsr  the  Decease  of  his  Mother.     Fourthly.     It 

•The  "Paper "Is  fn  the  possession  of  Mi^or  Win.  B.  Himrk?,  of  Bridgeport,  Conn. 


6o  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

is  my  Will  that  at  his  Mother's  decease  he  shall  haye  out  of  my  moyeable  Estate,  my  great  Bible  and 
large  looking  Glass,  my  Large  silver  Cup  and  two  large  table  siWer  Spoons,  and  the  Bed  on  which  he 
usually  lodges,  together  with  all  the  Furniture  belonging  to  it,  to  be  his  own  forever. 

Finally  I  do  constitute  and  appoint  my  son  Amos  Hubbell  to  be  the  Sole  Executor  of  this  my 
Jast  Will  and  Testament.  In  Witness  whereof,  I  set  my  Hand  and  Seal,  pronouncing  and  declaring 
this  and  no  other  to  be  my  last  Will  and  Testament,  This  25th  Day  of  June,  1787. 

Richard    Hubbell,         [skal.] 

Signed,  sealed,  pronounced  and  declared,  to  be  his  last  Will  and  Testament,  in  Presence  of 
us. 

Ebbmb  Whitmiy, 
Ruth  Whitney, 
Robert  Ross. 

Proved  Mar.  7,  1788."* 


ELEAZER  HUBBELL,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  son  of  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell,  and  his  secorfd  wife  Han- 
nah Silliman,  was  born  in  Stratfield  Parish,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
on  August   15th,  1700. 

He  resided  in  his  native  town  for  many  years,  and  afterwards  removed 
to  New  Fairfield,  Conn.,  where  he  died  September  3d,   1770. 

He  was  a  prominent  member  of  the  Masonic  Fraternity,  as  is  shown 
by  the  following  warrant  appointing  him  "  Master  of  St.  John's  Lodge." 
(For  further  particulars  concerning  him  see  Abstracts  from  "  Colonial  Re- 
cords of  Connecticut,"  in  Appendix  to  this  work.) 

*•  To  all  and  every  our  Worshipful  and  Loving  Brethren,  we  George  Harrison,  Esq.,  ProTineial 
Grand  Master  of  the  Most  Ancient  and  Honorable  Society  of  Free  and  Accepted  Masons  in  the  Pro- 
vince of  New  York,  in  America,  send  Greeting. 

Know  ye  that  reposing  especial  trust  and  confidence  in  our  Worshipful  and  well-belored 
Brother,  Eleazer  Hubbell,  we  do  hereby  nominate,  constitute,  and  appoint  him,  the  said  Eleazer  Hob- 
bell,  to  be  Master  of  St.  John's  Lodge,  in  the  County  of  Fairfield,  and  in  the  Colony  of  Connecticut, 
by  virtue  of  the  power  and  authority  vested  in  us  by  a  deputation  bearing  date  in  London,  the  ninth 
day  of  June,  A.  D.  one  thousand  seven  hundred  and  fifty-three,  from  the  Right  Worshipful  John 
Roby,  Baron  of  Carysford,  in  the  County  of  Wicklow,  in  the  ELingdom  of  Ireland,  the  then  Grand 
Master  of  England,  appointing  us  Provincial  Grand  Master  of  the  Province  of  New  York. 

And  we  do  also  authorize  the  said  Eleazer  Hubbell  to  make  Masons,  as  also  to  do  and  execute 
all  and  every  such  other  acts  and  thing  appertaining  to  the  said  ofiloe,  as  usually  have  and  ought  to 
be  done  and  executed  by  other  Masons.  He  taking  especial  care  that  the  members  of  his  Lodge  do 
observe,  perform,  and  ke?p  the  rules,  orders,  regulations,  and  instructions  contained  in  our  Constita- 
tions  and  their  own  particular  By-laws,  together  with  all  such  other  rules,  orders,  regulations,  and 
instructiobs  as  shall  be  given  us  ;  and  paying  out  of  the  first  money  he  shall  receive  for  initiation 
fees  to  the  Treasurer  of  the  Society  for  the  time  being,  at  New  York,  three  pounnds  three  shilligs 
sterling,  to  be  by  him  remitted  to  the  Treasurer  of  the  Grand  Lodge  at  London. 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original  Will  now  on  file  in  'Probate  Court  "  Fairfield,  Connecdcot. 


HISTORY  Oh  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  6i 

Given  ander  oar  hand  and  seal  of  Masonry  in  the  ProTincial  Grand  Lodge,  at  the  Cit  j  of  New 
York,  the  twelfth  day  of  February  A.  D.,  1762,  and  year  of  Masonry,  6702. 

George  Habrison, 
Provincial  Grand  Master.*'* 

As  many  members  of  the  "  Hubbell  Family  "  are  connected  with  Ma- 
sonry, the  following  short  account  of  St.  John's  Lodge  will  be  read  with  in- 
terest : 

The  first  Charter  of  St.  John's  Lodge,  No.  3,  is  dated  February  12th.  1702,  and  was  granted 
for  Fairfied  County  by  the  Provincial  Grand  Master  of  the  State  of  New  York,  while  these  States 
were  but  Colonies  of  the  mother  couutry.  The  first  Lodge  was  held  within  the  town  of  Stratford, 
near  the  line  of  the  town  of  Fairfield. 

Afterwards  Lodges  were  held  at  different  places  within  the  towns  of  Fairfield  and  Stratford. 
The  first  Lodge  in  Newfield  (now  Bridgeport)  was  held  June  25th,  1789.  In  1792  the  brethren  in 
Newfield,  still  holding  the  old  charter,  proposed  to  unite  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  Grand  Lodge 
of  the  State  of  Connecticut,  and  their  charter  was  registered  accordingly  In  the  office  of  the  Grand 
Secretary.  In  October  of  the  same  year  a  new  charter  was  granted,  with  permission  to  hold  the 
lodge  at  Fairfield  or  Newfield,  the  lodge  voted  to  meet  within  the  borough  of  Bridgeport,  and  did  so 
until  1809,  when  the  Grand  Lodge  ordered  that  in  fhture  it  should  be  holden  within  one  mile  of  the 
court  house  in  the  town  of  Fairfield.  In  1812  the  Lodge  met  at  the  house  of  Brother  Ephraim 
Knapp,  and  from  that  time  it  has  continued  to  be  held  in  Bridgeport. 

"  At  the  first  meeting  of  the  lodge  five  brothers  were  present,  viz. :  Amot  Cannon,  Master,  pro- 
tem.y  Joseph  Knapp,  Senior  Warden,  Isaac  Young,  Junior  Warden,  Hezekiah  Hubbell,  Treasurer, 
and  I.  Anderson,  Secretary.  It  seems  to  have  been  an  extraordinary  lodge,  called  to  initiate  David 
Wheeler  and  Woolcot  Chauncey.  They  met  at  the  house  of  Captain  Samuel  Wakelee,  in  Stratfield, 
on  Monday,  February  15th,  1762.  The  second  meeting  was  at  the  house  of  Kichard  Hubbell,  also 
a  case  of  emergency,  to  pass  and  raise  brothers  Wheeler  and  Chauncey.  The  first  regular  (or  proper) 
lodge  was  held  at  Mr.  Hubbeirs  house  on  Wednesday,  February  24th,  1762.  Up  to  July  14th  of 
the  same  year.  Eight  meetings  were  held,  when  the  first  election  of  officers  took  place,  Eleazer 
EnbbeU  being  chosen  Master.  Thus  the  work  began  which  has  been  going  on  through  the  past  one 
hundred  years  until  the  present  day  (1880). 

It  is  worthy  of  note  that  no  allusion  is  made  in  the  records  to  either  the  revolutionary  war  or 
that  of  1812,  Masonry  having  only  to  do  with  that  which  belongs  to  peace. 

In  July,  1794,  it  was  voted  'That  a  mourning  ring  be  presented  to  the  relict  of  our  late 
vorihy  and  respected  brother,  Wakeman  Hubbell,  deceased,  as  a  token  of  the  unabating  friendship 
we  retain  for  his  memory.' 

In  December,  1799,  it  was  voted  ''That  the  members  of  the  Lodge  wear  suitable  mourning  upon 
the  arm«  daring  the  plessure  of  the  Lodge,  In  token  of  respect  for  the  memory  of  the  late  Most 
Worshipftil  Grand  Master  of  the  United  States,  George  Washington.*'! 


•  Transcribed  by  the  Author  firom  a  copy  of  the  Original  Warrant  in  poesseesion  of  Mi^or  William  B. 
HinekB  of  Bridgeport,  Conn. 

t  This  account  of  St  John's  Lodge  was  copied  by  the  the  Author  from  a  lengthy  narrative  on  "  Masonr7,'t 
Vj  Mi^  Wm.  B.  Hincks,  of  Bridgeport,  Conn. 


62  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

NATHANIEL  HUBBELL.  of  Lebanon,  Hunterdon  Co^  New  Jerse>, 
son  of  Lieutenant  Richard  Hubbell  and  his  second  wife  Hannah  Silliman, 
was  bom  August  !i,  1702.  in  Stratfield  Parish,  Toim  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield 
Count>%  Colony  of  Connecticut. 

He  was  a  graduate  of  Yale  College  (class  of  1723  )  Was  admitted 
into  full  communion  March  28.  1 725.  in  Congregational  church  of  "Fair- 
field, Conn.,"  and  ordained  by  the  Presbj-terj-  of  Philadelphia,  as  early  as 
1727.  His  name  appears  on  the  roll  of  the  Sv*nod  for  that  year,  and  was 
attached,  with  the  names  of  three  others,  to  a  protest  in  which  he  declined 
the  jurisdiction  of  the  Synod.  His  field  of  labor  included  the  scattered 
settlements  lying  back  of  Elizabeth,  New  Jersey,  and  the  Newark  Moun- 
tains, Westfield  and  Hanover,  the  latter  including  the  greater  part  of  what 
was  afterwards  Morris  County.  In  1730  he  relinquished  the  chaise  of 
Hanover,  retaining  Westfield  until  about   1745. 

His  dismission  was  brought  about  by  reason  of  his  prosecuting  a 
claim  for  one  hundred  acres  of  the  parsonage  land,  given  him  as  "a  settle- 
ment," or  to  liquidate  what  was  due  him  from  the  parish.  His  Congre- 
gation gave  him  what  was  called  a  liberal  settlement,  supposing  he  would 
live,  labor  and  die  among  them  as  a  peaceable  soul  loving  Pastor,  but  his 
parish  soon  found  that  he  was  possessed  of  qualities  that  greatly  disap- 
pointed the  simple  hearted  Puritans  who  attended  his  Church  ;  they  soon 
found  him  .seeking  theirs  .so  earnestly  as  to  put  an  end  to  all  anticipated 
comfort  in  him  and  usefulness    from  him,  and    his  removal  was    the  result 

After  his  removal  he  resided  within  the  bounds  of  Rahway  N.  J.  for 
several  years,  but  removed  at  length  to  Lebanon  in  Hunterdon  Co.,  where 
he  died  in   1760.       His  Will  is  interesting.* 

>*In  the  Name  of  Goi  Amen;  this  Eleventh  day  of  Jalj.  One  thousand  sexen  hundred  and 
jiixrj,  I  Nathaniel  Hubbell.  of  Lebanon,  in  the  County  of  Hunterdon  and  ProTince  of  New  Jersey, 
of  f*ound  mind  and  memory,  knowing  that  it  is  appointed  for  all  men  once  to  die, do  make  and  ordaui 
this  my  iMt  Will  and  Testament. 

Imprimis.  1  recommend  my  body  to  the  earth,  my  8oul  into  the  hands  of  God  that  gave  it,  and  that 
worldly  estate  it  hath  pleased  God  to  give  me,  I  will,  give,  bequeath  and  dispose  of  the  same  in 
the  following  manner  and  form,  riz.  I  give,  will  and  bequeath  to  my  disobedient  and  absconded 
wife  FHizal^eth,  all  that  money  as  the  annual  pr<»fits  and  interest  of  the  same  which  was  lodged 
in  the  hands  of  Capt.  Daniel  Potter  and  Stephen  Crane,  &q.,  both  of  the  borough  of  Elixabeth, 
for  her  support  and  five  shillings,  all  being  lieu  i>f  dowry. 

Item.  I  give,  l^equeath  and  will  to  my  loving  Hon  Ahijah,  five  shillings,  having  given  him  consider* 
able  alreatly. 

Item.     I  give  to  my  loving  son,  Kzekiah,t  five  shillings,  having  given  him  considerable  already. 

Item.     I  give  to  my  loving  son,  Nathaniel,  five  shillings,  having  given  him  considerable  already. 


*  8e»r  "HlHlory  of  Elizabeth,  N.  J.' 
t  8i«lle<l  tjuikiah  in  the  original  Will. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  63 

It«iD.     I  giTe  to  my  loTing  children,  Lois,  Asa,  Esther,  Mary  &  Susanna,  my  just  debts  and  funeral 

charges  being  first  paid,  all  the  remaining  part  of  my  estate,  both  real  and  personal,  to  be 

equally  divided  amongst  and  betwixt  them,  or  the  survivors  of  them,  if  any,  shall  die  in  their 

minority ;  and  I  do  make,  ordain,  constitute  and  appoint  my  said  son,  Asa,  and  my  trusty 

fHend,  Mr.  Philip  Kearny,  Joint  Executors  of  this  my  last  Will  and  Testament,  to  whom  I 

give  full  power  to  -sell  and  convey  my  lands  and  tenements  I  shall  dispose  of  as  they  shall 

think  proper,  and  I  do  ratify  and  confirm  this  and  no  other  to  be  my  last  Will  and  Testament. 

In  Witness  Whreeof,  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  seal  the  day  and  year  first  above 

written. 

Nathaniel  Hlbbell,  [seal.] 

Signed,  sealed,  published,  pronounced  and  declared  by  the  said  Nathaniel  Ilubbell  as  his  last 
Will  and  Testament,  in  presence  of  us  subscribers,  Andrew  Bloomfield,  David  Scuddbr  and 
J06EPH  Willis." 


''Memorandum.  That  on  the  Twenty-eighth  day  of  May,  One  thousand  seven  hundred  and 
sixty-one,  Andrew  Bloomfield  and  Daniel  Scudder,  two  of  the  within  evidences  appeared  before 
me,  John  Smyth,  duly  authorized,  &c.,  and  they  being  duly  sworn  on  the  Holy  Evangelists,  on  their 
oaths,  did  declare  that  they  were  present,  and  did  see  Nathaniel  Hubbell,  the  Testator  within  named, 
sign,  seal  and  deliver  the  within  named  instrument,  and  heard  him  declare  the  Hamo  to  be  his  last 
Will  and  Testament ;  that  at  the  doing  thereof  the  said  Nathaniel  Hubbell  was  of  a  sane  mind  and 
memory,  to  the  best  of  their  knowleege  and  as  they  verily  believe,  and  that  at  the  same  time  Joseph 
Willis,  the  other  evidence,  was  also  present  and  signed  his  name  as  evidence  thereto,  in  the  presence 
of  the  said  Nathaniel  Hubbell, — John  Smyth. 

Also,  that  at  the  same  time  Asa  Hubbell,  one  of  the  Executors  within  named,  the  other  having 

renounced,  came  before  me  and  was  duly  (qualified  by  taking  the  oath  of  an  Executor,  as  by  law 

appointed. 

John  Smyth." 

"Probate  granted  by  Gov'r.  Boone,  &c  ,  in  the  usual  form,  &c.,  dated  the  same  Twenty- 
eighth  day  of  May,  1701 

Cha.  Read,  Ilegr." 

*•  Recorded Jn  Liber  H  of  Wills,  pages  7,  8  and  9,  State  Department,  Trenton,  N.  J."* 


DANIEL  HUBBELL,  of  Stratficld,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,  and  Temperance  Preston,  was 
born  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  August  8,  1691. 

He  was  a  Captain,  and  was  a  man  much  respected  by  his  fellow- 
citizens. 

He  died  in  1735,  and  is  buried  in  the  Stratfield  Burying  Ground. 

<'  In  the  name  of  God,  Amen.     I,  Daniel   Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  In   the   County  of  fairfield, 

and  Colony  of  Connecticut,  In  new   England,   being  under  Considerable   Infirmity  of  body,  but  of 

sound  mind  and  memory.  Considering  my  mortallity,  do  make  this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament. 

Firstly  &  principally  1   Commit  my  Soul  to    the  hands  of  God  who  gave  it,  &  my  body  to  a  decent 

Chriatian  buryall,  firmly  believing  its  resurrection,  and  hoping  for  Eternal  life  through  the  merits  of 

CUriat, 

And  touching  my  wordly  Estate,  I  dispose  of  the  same  in  manner  following  :  Item.     My  will 

is  tliat  my  Executor  here  afler  named  do  pay  out  my  personal  Estate  all  my  Just  debts  &  funerall 

Charges,  which  being  discharged,  the  remainder  of  my  Estate  I  will  and  bequeath  as  followeth : 


*  Copied  for  this  work  by  T.  K.  Johnston,  Private  Secretary  to  "Secretary  of  State/'  Trenton,  N.  J. 


64  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

Imprs.  To  my  Dearly  beloyed  wife,  Esther,  I  will  and  bequeath  one  third  part  of  my  Reall  Estate 
during  her  natural  life,  which  third,  my  will  is,  that  after  her  deceas  it  be  Equally  dlTided  betwixt 
my  three  Sons,  Daniel,  Abel,  and  Gideon.  Also  to  her  I  will  and  bequeath  one  third  part  of  my 
personal  Estate,  after  the  deductions  of  debts,  to  be  at  her  absolute  Dispose.  Item.  I  will  and 
bequeath  to  my  beloyed  daughters,  Mary,  Tabitha,  &  Abia,  to  Each  of  them  one  hundred  pounds  out 
of  my  personal  Estate,  so  far  as  that  will  allow ;  but  if  my  personal  Estate  be  not  sufficient  the  re- 
mainder of  their  portions  to  be  made  up  In  Lands.  Item.  I  will  and  bequeath  to  my  beloTed  son, 
Daniel,  on  consideration  of  his  birth  right,  fifty  pounds  out  of  my  real  Estate.  Item.  To  my  be- 
loTod  sons,  Daniel,  Abel  &  Gideon,  all  the  remaining  part  or  parts  of  my  real  Estate  not  before 
bequeathed,  to  be  Equally  divided  betwixt  them.  Further,  my  will  is.  that  my  sons'  land  be  not 
Improved,  except  by  pasturing  or  mowing,  for  the  Space  of  five  years  before  they  arrire  to  the  age 
of  twenty  one  years  Successively.  And  my  will  is  that  my  sons  be  put  out  Apprentices  to  learn 
Convenient  trades.  And  my  will  is  that  none  of  my  sons'  lands  be  cleared  or  Improved  which  now 
lies  waste,  nor  any  timber  destroyed  now  growing  upon  any  of  their  lands,  except  it  be  for  repairing 
&  maintaining  of  fences  where  any  fields  are  now  under  Improvement  during  their  non  age. 
finally,  I  nominate,  Constitute  &  appoint  my  loving  Brother,  Ephnum  Hubbell,  of  sd  Stratfield,  Sole 
Executor  of  this  my  last  will  &  testament.  Declaring  this  &  no  other  to  be  my  last  will  and  testis 
ment.    In  witness  whereof  I  have  Set  my  hand  &  Seal  this  twenty  fourth  day  of  february,  Ano 

domi  1784-5. 

Dani£l  Hubbell.  [sbal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  published,  pronounced  &  declared  by  Daniel  Hubbell  as  his  last  will  &  tes- 
tament, in  presence  of  us,  Ebkkezeb  Greoobt,  John  Beaedsleb,  Junb.,  William  Bennitt." 

<*  At  A  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield,  January  ye  12th,  A.  D.  1735-6,  Ebenezer  Gregory, 
John  Beardslee,  Junr.  &  William  Bennitt,  witnesses  to  ye  Above  &  foregoing  will,  personally  Ap- 
pearing,  made  Solemn  Oath  yt  they  saw  Daniel  Hubbell,  Signer  &  Sealer  to  ye  above  &  within  written 
will  Sign  &  Seal  ye  same  &  heard  him  Declare  it  to  be  his  la^jt  will  &  Testament  &  yt  ihey  Judged 
him  to  l>e  of  a  Sound,  Disposing  mind,  &  yi  they  set  to  their  hands  as  Witnesses  in  ye  presence  of 
ye  said  Testator." 

<'  At  Probate  Court,  personlly  appeared  Ephraim  Hubbell,  ye  above  named  Extr.  &  Accepted 
ye  sd  trust  Committed  to  him  by  ye  sd  Testator,  at  Probate  Court,  said  will  being  Exhibited  by  ye  sd 
Extr  within  Named,  in  order  for  probation,  will  being  proved,  is  by  sd  Court  Approved  and  ordered 
to  be  recorded. 

Test,  WiLLL^M  BuBB,  Clerk." 

*<  Samuel  Cooke  and  Elizabeth  Burr,  both  of  Stratfield  &  of  Lawfiill  Age,  testify  &  say  tliat, 
being  both  tojitether  at  the  House  of  Capt.  Daniel  Hubbell,  late  of  sd  Stratfield,  deceased,  on  the 
second  Day  of  December  last,  the  sd  Daniel  Hubbell  did  declare  befor  the  Deponents  that  he  gave  to 
his  Wife  &  Family,  for  the  use  of  the  Family,  the  Beef  which  he  had  then  in  the  House,  and  thiee 
of  the  best  Hogs,  which  were  then  fatting,  for  the  Provision  of  the  Family,  and  a  Sufficient  Supply 
of  Wheat  &  Indian  Com,  untill  Indian  Harvest  next  coming,  also,  Oats  enough  for  Malt  for  his  sd 
Family's  use  for  the  Term  aforesd,  and  also  the  Butter  and  Cheese  in  the  house  for  the  use  aforesd. 
And  further,  the  Deponents  say  that  sd  Daniel  Hubbell  declared  the  above  to  be  his  Nuncupative 
Will,  in  addition  to  his  written  Will,  and  desired  the  Deponents  to  be  the  Witnesses  thereof.  And 
further,  the  sd  Deponents  declare  that  they  Judged  the  sd  Testator,  at  the  sd  Time,  to  be  of  Sound 
mind  &  memory.' 


)> 


"At  a  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield,  January  27,  1785-6,  Mr.  Saml.  Cooke  &  fOiimbeth 
Burr,  witnesses  to  ye  Above  Nuncupative  will,  personally  appearing,  made  Oath  to  ye  truth  of  ye 
above  written." 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMHY.  65 

"  At  Probate  Court,  sd  will  being  Exhibited  in  order  for  probation,  sd  will  being  proved,  is 
by  sd  Court  Approved  &  ordered  to  be  Recorded, 

Test,  William  Bubb,  Qerk."* 

«  Stratfield,  March  24tb,  178 ).  Here  followeth  ye  Dcstribution  of  ye  Estate  of  Capt.  Danl. 
Hubbell,  late  of  Stratfield,  Deed.,  (  y  us  ye  Subscribers,  qualified  thereunto  According  to  Law,  and 
by  order  of  ye  Court  of  Probate,  held  in  Fairfield,  March  24th,  173G. 

The  Widows  thirde  in  ye  Reall  Estate  is  £500-1-0. 

to  Eleven  Acres  in  Smedley's  lot  at  16s  per  Acre, 1C58 

to  9  acres  in  ye  homestead  beginning  about  6  foot  South  of  ye  well  &  running  throu  to  a  Stone  fence, 
sd  9  Acres  is  ye  Southward  Side,  15s  per  Acre 135s 

to  10  Acres  &  half, 126s 

to  2  acres  of  wood  land  in  ye  Long  lot  South  of  ye  twenty  rod  high  way  by  Nathl.  Seeley's,  £15. 
to  £58  6-8,  in  ye  house  and  bam,  with  Liberty  of  Cow  Yard,  and  passing  to  ye  Well, 

Mary's  part  in  Moveables  is  £88,  ICs  lid.;  In  Lands  £11,  8,  1. 

to  149  rods  of  Land  Northwards  of  Stephen  Hubbell's  Homestead,  at  ye  upper  End;  Joyining  to 

Joseph  Hubbell's  land, £11     3     1 

Tabitha's  part  in  Moveables,  £88,16,11 ;  In  Lands,  to  149  rods  in  ye  Orchard  Joyning  to  Mary's, 

£11,  3.  1. 

In  Lands  to  149  rod4  in  ye  Orchard  Joyning  to  Mary's, £11     8     1 

Abiah's  part  In  Moveables  is  £88.;  16.;  11.  In  ye  land  to  149  rods  in  ye  Orchard  Joyning  to 
Tabitha's,  £11  3  1. 

Daniel's  part  in  ye  reall  Estate  is  £355  10  0. 

to  3  acres  on  ye  South  of  his  Mother's  nine  Acres, £45 

to  8  Acres  on  ye  North  of  sd  9  acres,  £45 

to  ye  remainded  of  ye  Revertion  right  from  Gideon's,  6  acres,  }  down  to  ye  homstead,      £56 

to  1  Acre  of  three  Square  meadow  in  Jackson's  neck, £15 

to  2  &  }  acres  in  ye  Long  lot, £21  10  — 

to  1  third  of  ye  Commons, 4 

to  7  Acres  at  Flat  Rock  at  £5  p  acre, 35 

to  ye  Second  Division  Above  Flat  Rock,         .         .         : £24 

to  half  ye  third  Division,  at  ye  North  End,  and  all  ye  fourth, £41     0    0 

to  £70  in  ye  house  and  bam,        .         , £70 

Abel's  parts  in  ye  Reall  Estate  is  305  16  0. 
to  12  acres  &  25  rods  at  Pantico  a  £10  p  acre,      ...  ....  £120    0     0 

to  10  acres  &  45  rods  at  Sport  Hill  at  £8  10  0  p  acres,         ......     £87 

to  1  acre  of  Salt  meadow  in  Jackson  Neck,  £20 

to  1  third  of  ye  Commons, £4 

to  all  ye  Revertion  right  in  his  Grandfather's  house  &  Lands  below  ye  house,  £83    8    0 

to  £20  right  in  ye  house  and  barn, £20    6    0 

to  7  Acres  at  ye  firont  of  ye  first  half  mile  in  ye  Long  lot  above  flat  rock,                       .  £20  17    0 

Gideon's  Part  in  ye  Reall  Estate  is  £306  16  0. 

to  5  Acres  yt  was  David  Hubbell's,       .        .        - £65    0    0 

to  6  Acres  }  &  rods  of  line  of  Reversion  right,  Lying  by  ye  above  five  acres,                 .  £55    0    0 

to  ye  remainder  of  ye  land  Southward  of  ye  Girl's  parts,  North  of  Stephen's,      .        .  £74  10  10 

to  £4  right  in  ye  Commons, £4    0    0 

to  £26,  7s,  6d  in  ye  house  and  bam, £26     7     10 

*  Copied  by  the  Author  fh>m  the  original  Will  and  Probate  Records,  now  on  file  In  "Fairfield  Pro- 
bate Court,"  Fairfield,  Connecticut. 


66  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

to  ye  remainded  of  ye  woodland  Southard  of  twenty  rod  highway,  by  Nathaniel 

Seeley's  at  ye  Southend, £20  10    0 

to  ye  remainder  first  DlTision  of  halfmile  from  AbeVs  Northward  Above  flat  rock,  to 

fifth  Diyision  and  6th  DlTision  Above  flat  rock, £24  00  00 

to  half  ye  third  Division, £20    0    0 

All  ye  foregoing  Sums  Destributed  us,  |  s?^^e/Subb1sll,    }  I>e«tributor8. 
A  True  Copy  of  ye  Original!,  Recorded  by  William  Burr,  Register."* 


STEPHEN  HUBBELL,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  son  of  Samuel  Hubbell,  Senior,  and  Temperance  Preston,  was 
born  in  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of 
Connecticut,  Februarys  i6th,   1695-6. 

He  was  a  prominent  citizen  and  held  many  offices  of  trust.  Died  in 
1792  at  an  advanced  age.     His  will  was  proved  October  ist,  same  year. 

*•  In  the  name  of  GoJ  Amen. 

I,  Stephen  Hubbell,  of  Siratficld,  in  the  County  of  farefield.  in  the  colony  of  connettycut,  in 
new  Englan,  being  in  Helth  and  parfeck  mind  and  memory,  do  make  this  my  last  will  and  testament. 
First.  I  give  and  beqiieth  my  Sole  to  God  that  give  it,  in  hops  of  pardon  &  axsepttens  throu  ye  re- 
demtion  that  is  in  Christ  Jewus  my  lord,  and  my  body  I  Commit  to  ye  earth  to  be  desently  buried, 
according  to  the  discrestion  of  my  Exet,  hereafter  apointed,  nothing  douting  but  I  shall  recive  the 
sam  at  ye  resurrection  by  the  myti  poure  of  (Jod,  and  with  respects  to  ye  worldly  good  things  which 
the  Lord  heth  blest  me  with,  I  give,  demis  and  bcqueth  them  in  manner  folloing.  And  first  of  all, 
I  order  my  ju^<t  dets  and  funirel  charges  to  be  payd  and  discharged  out  of  my  Estat  and  by  my  Extr, 
hereafter  named,  and  then  after  my  Just  dets  be  payd  and  my  funirel  Chrgis  be  discharged,  I  give 
and  bequeth  in  manner  folloing.  First.  I  give  and  bequeth  all  ye  children  of  my  son  Nehemiah, 
dissest,  one  third  part  of  that  Land  at  painted,  to  be  divided  according  to  quaatyty  &  q&llity. 

And  then  I  give  to  my  son  Jabez  one  third  part  of  that  land  at  painted,  to  be  dirided  accord- 
ing to  quantity  and  quality,  and  allso  all  my  movcabil  estate  of  either  cattel,  money  or  goods,  and  then 
I  give  unto  ye  Children  of  Gershom,  my  son,  desist,  one  third  part  of  that  land  at  painted,  to  be 
divided  according  to  quantyty  and  quality. 

Finally  I  constitut  and  a  point  my  son,  Jabez  Hubbell  and  Daniel  Lacey  to  Be  sole  Execn 
upon  this  my  las  will  and  testiment,  Declareing  this  and  no  other  to  be  my  Last  will  and  testamint, 
Dated  this  present  10  day  of  may.  178().     Signed,  selcd,  pubbelished  and  declard  in  presens  of 

GiDEOX   HruitELL,    1 

John  Meekkb,         vStepobn  Hubbell,  [ssAL.]."f 

Abkjail  Hubbell.  J 


*  Coi»ied  by  the  Author  from  "Probate  Records,''  of  FoirlJeld ,  Connecticut. 

t  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original  Will,  now  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Connecdcat' 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  67 

NATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Norwalk,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Samuel  Hubbell,  Junior,  and  Elizabeth,  his  wife,  was  born 
December  i,  1699,  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  and 
died  in  what  is  now  Wilton,  Connecticut,  in  1761.  His  will  was  recorded 
March  3,  same  year. 

'*  In  the  name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Nathan  Hubbell,  of  norwalk,  in  The  County  of  fairfield  and 
Colony  of  Connecticut.  Calling  to  mind  the  Mortality  of  my  Body,  and  knowing  it  is  Appointed  for 
all  men  once  to  die,  and  being  of  Sound  mind  and  Memory,  thanks  be  to  God,  Do  make  and  ordain 
this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament ;  That  is  to  say,  Principally,  and  first  of  all.  I  Commend  my  Soule 
into  the  Hands  of  God,  who  gave  it,  and  my  Body  to  ye  Earth,  to  be  decently  buried  at  ye  Discre- 
tion of  my  Executors,  hoping  I  shall  receiye  ye  same  at  the  General  Resurrection  by  the  Mighty 
Power  of  God.  And  as  touching  such  Worldly  Goods  as  it  hath  Pleased  God  to  bless  me  with  in 
this  Life.  I  Give,  Bequeath,  devise,  and  Dispose  of  ye  same  in  manner  and  Form  following,  that 
is  to  say.  My  just  Debts  send  Funerall  expenses  being  paid. 

Imprimis.  I  Give  and  Bequeath  unto  Sarah,  my  beloved  wife,  all  ye  household  goods,  viz.,  a 
side-saddle,  tongs  and  tramel,  Great  Iron  Pot,  Little  Iron  Pot,  iron  kittle,  one  brass  kittle,  bred 
kittle,  warming  pan,  brass  Candle  stick,  Iron  Candle  stick.  Tankard  of  ye  Puter,  a  bed  and  fur- 
niture. Chest  and  drawers,  a  new  bed  and  furniture  without  sheets,  7  new  sheets,  silver  shoe 
Buckels,  one  Pair  silver  Buttons,  sugar  box,  a  tea  canester,  three  drinking  glasses,  Earthenware, 
1^,  one  good  Cow  and  one  old  sorrell  mair,  also  one  good  suite  of  Cloatbs  of  Bummezee,  and  Mary 
a  Middling  Suice  of  Cloaths,  also  eight  bushels  of  wheat  and  other  Provisions  Equal  for  her  use,  and 
next  harvest  to  have  six  Bushels  more,  and  Liberty  to  Live  in  one  half  of  the  house  for  ye  space  of 
one  year  Next  after  my  Death,  and  ye  privilidge  of  Posturing  one  Cow,  and  I  add  ye  use  of  ye 
garden,  and  also  out  of  my  Estate  within  ye  space  of  one  year  next  alter  my  dicease  and  allso  ye 
yarn  and  ye  toe  to  make  filling  of  aod  for  ye  same,  and  also  ye  priviledge  of  fire  wood  on  any  of 
my  Land. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  well-beloved  sons,  Thaddeus  Hubbell  and  Nathan  Hubbell,  each 
of  them  five  Pounds,  Equevelent  to  york  money,  over  and  above  what  I  give  to  my  other  sons. 

• 

Item.  I  Give  and  Bequeath  unto  my  well-beloved  daughter,  Mary  Bates,  ye  sume  of  Seven  Pounds, 
ten  shillings,  new  york  money,  within  ye  space  of  four  years  after  my  decease. 

Item.  I  Give  and  Bequeath  unto  my  well-beloved  daughter,  Elizabeth  Gilbert,  the  sume  of  Twenty 
Pounds,  new  york,  or  ye  Equevelent  of  ye  same,  within  ye  space  of  four  years  after  my  death. 

Item.  I  Give  and  Bequeath  unto  my  well-beloved  daughter,  Martha  Patching,  The  sume  of  Fifteen 
Pounds,  new  york  money,  or  ye  E4|uevelent  of  ye  same,  within  ye  space  of  four  years  after  my 
death. 

Item.  I  Give  and  Devise  unto  my  well-beloved  sons,  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  Nathan  Hubbell,  Gershom 
Hubbell,  John  Hubbell,  Peter  Hubbell,  Abraham  Hubbell,  and  to  them  and  to  their  heirs, 
and  Assigns  forever  all  ye  Residue  and  Remainder  of  my  Real  and  Personal  Estate,  to  be 
equally  divided  between  them,  said  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  Nathan  Hubbell,  Gershom  Hubbell, 
John  Hubbell  Peter  Hubbell,  and  Abraham  Hubbell;  above  named  land  not  to  be  Ploughed,  and 
to  Reserve  a  highway  near  ye  middle  of  my  farm  Throughout,  if  need  require. 

Finally,  I  do  hereby  Nominate,  Constitute  and  appoint  my  sd  sons,  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  Nathan 
Hubbell,  Jun.,  both  of  Norwalk,  executors  of  this,  my  Last  Will  and  Testament,  Ratifying;  and 
Confirming  this  and  no  other  to  be  my  Last  Will. 


68  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

In  witness  whereof,   I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  seal  this  third  day  of  February, 

Annado,  1761,  and  in  the  first  year  of  ye  reign  of  King  George,  the  third, 

Nathan  Hubbell,  [seal.] 

her 
Sarah  -^  Hubbell,         [seal.] 
mark. 

Signed,  Sealed,  Published,  and  declared  by  Nathan  Hubbell,  ye  Testator,  to  be  his  Last  Will 

and  Testament,  in  ye  presence  of 

Sam'l  Betts, 

Ubiah  Rogers, 

John  Rockwell."* 


ANDREW  HUBBELL,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  James  Hubbell  and  Patience,  his  wife,  was  bom  in  Strat- 
ford, Connecticut,  June  22,  1706. 

He  moved,  with  his  father  and  son,  Matthew,  to  what  is  now  called 
Easton,  Connecticut,  and  died  there  in  1777.  His  will  was  recorded  August 
5th,  same  year. 

**  In  the  Name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Andrew  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  in  the  County  of  Fairfield  & 
Colony  of  Conetecutt,  in  New  England. 

Calling  to  Mind  my  own  Mortallity,  see  cause  to  Make  this  my  last  will  and  Testament,  in 
maner  And  form  as  follows :  imprimis.  I  recomend  My  Soul  to  God  who  gave  it,  hoping  for  acceptance 
with  him,  through  Jesus  Christ,  the  only  Mediator  Between  God  and  Men,  and  my  Body  I  Commit  to 
dust,  from  whence  it  was  taken,  to  be  buried  at  the  descretion  of  my  Executors,  hereafter  to  be 
named,  and  as  for  the  Portion  of  worldly  Goods  which  God  has  given.  After  my  just  Debts  and  funerall 
Expenses  being  Paid  out  of  Estate,  the  residue  I  give  and  Bequeath  in  the  following  manner : 

1.  I  giTC  and  bequeath  to  my  true  and  loTing  wife,  Mary  Hubbell,  all  my  MoTeable  Estate,  to  be 
her's  and. her  Heir's  forever,  and  also  the  use  of  my  house  and  bam  And  homestead  during  the 
time  of  my  widow. 

2.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  well-beloved  son,  Elijah  HubbeU,  five  shillings,  lawfull  money. 

3.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  well-beloved  daughter,  Jerusba  Seeley,  and  to  the  Heirs  of  my 
daughter,  Hannah  Beers,  deceased,  Twenty  shillings,  lawfull  to  each. 

4.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  three  daughters,  Abiah  Woodcock,  Mary  Northrup  and  Rhoda  Benet, 
five  pounds  lawftil  money,  each  to  be  paid  by  my  Executors,  at  my  decease,. 

5.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  well-beloved  son,  Matthew  Hubbell,  one  Serten  pese  of  land,  bounded 
west  on  his  own  land,  running  east  foreteen  rods  on  his  way,  thence  running  norCh  to  lands 
belonging  To  Thomas  hawley. 

6.  I  give  to  my  well-beloved  Grandson,  Gideon  Summers  Hubbell,  my  house  and  Bam  and  six 
Acres  of  land  Acyoining  Northard  and  westward,  if  he  lives  to  be  Twenty-one  years  of  age,  and 
if  not  ariv  to  that  age.  The  aforesd  house  and  bam  land  is  to  be  my  Two  Sons  Pamach  and 
Matthew  and  heirs  forever. 

7.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  two  sons,  Pamach  and  Matthew,  all  my  lands  that  is  left  at  Hy 
decease. 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  original  will,  now  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Conn." 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  69 

Lastly,  I  appoint  and  Constitute  my  well-beloved  Sons,  Pamach  and  Matthew  Hubbell, 
Executors  of  this,  my  last  will  and  Testament,  hereby  Disanuling  all  former  Wills,  declare  this  only 
To  be  my  last  will  and  testament,  this  3th  Day  of  July,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord,  1777. 

Andrew  Hubbell,         [seal.] 
Signed,  Sealed  and  delivered  in  the  presence  of 

Jonathan  Fobd, 
Henbt  Bradford, 
David  Gorham."* 


JOHN  HUBBELL,  of  Stratford,  ( Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills,) 
Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Thomp- 
son. Was  born  in  that  part  of  Stratford  now  called  Huntington,  Upper 
White  Hills,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  February  20,  1709, 
and  died  May  7,   1782. 

His  will  will  interest  his  descendcnts  and  is  given  in  full : 

*'  In  the  name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  John  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  being  in  a  poor  State  of  Health, 
but,  through  the  Goodness  of  God,  of  Sound  Mind  and  Memory,  think  best,  at  this  time,  to  make 
this  my  Last  Will  and  Testament,  and,  first  of  all,  resign  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  God  who  gave  it, 
hoping,  in  the  mercy  of  God  and  through  the  merits  and  intcrsession  of  Jesus  Christ,  my  only 
Saviour  and  redeemer,  to  find  Pardon  and  acceptance,  and  my  Body  to  return  to  the  Dust,  from 
whence  it  was  taken,  to  be  decently  Buried,  at  the  discretion  of  my  Executors,  hereafter  Named, 
and  as  to  what  Worldly  Goods  and  Estate  it  bath  pleased  God  to  bless  me  with,  I  freely  dispose  of  the 
same  in  manner  following : 
Imprimis.     My  Will  is  that  all  my  Just  Debts  and  funeral  expenses  be  first  paid  and  satisfied  out  of 

moveable  Estate. 
Item.     I  freely  Give  unto  my  Loving  Wife,  Hannah  Hubbell,  all  my  Household  Goods,  also  two  CJows 
and  my  two  year  old  baye  Mare,  to  be  her  own  forever,  and  that  to  be  taken  before  my  debts  are 
paid ;  I  do  also  give  to     y  said  Wife  the  use  and  improvement  of  one  third  part  of  my  Reall 
Estate,  during  the  time  she  shall  remain  my  Widdow. 
Item.     Whereas,  son  Elisha  Hubbell,  having  had  considerable  given  him  by  Uncle  Elisha  Wheeler, 
late  deceased,  I  do  freely  give  to  my  Said  son,  Elisha  Hubbell,  and  to  his  Heirs  forever,  four 
Acres  of  Land,  bounded  North  and  West  on  highway  and  East  on  Land  this  day  made  over  by 
Deed  to  my  son  John,  and  to  run  so  far  South  as  to  make  Said  four  Acres. 
Item.     I  freely  give  and  Bequeath  unto  my  living  son,  Gideon  Hubbell  and  his  Heirs  forover,  about 
five  Acres  of  Land,  called  the  Peach  Orchard,  bounded  South  on  Timothy  Hubbeirs  Land  and 
running  West  so  as  to  have  two  rods  wide  between  this  T^and  and  Caleb  Wheeler's  land  Joining 
eastly  by  the  Wet  meadowH,  so  called. 
Item.     I  Freely  give  and  Bequeath  unto  my  Son,  Richard  Hubbell,  and  to  his  Heirs  forever,  two  small 
Lots  of  Land  lying  east  of  the  Highway  near  where  I  now  live,  about  seven  or  eight  acres, 
bounded  westward  and  Southward  on  highway  and  northward  on  the  Land  of  Nathan  Hubbell. 
Item.     I  give  unto  daughter  Sarah  Thompson,  Wife  to  Abel  Thompson,  besides  what  she  hath  already 

had,  Ten  Shillings,  Lawfull  Money. 
Item.     I  give  to  my  daughter,  Hannah  Patterson,  Wife  of  Samuel  Patterson,  besides  what  she  already 
has  had.  Ten  Shillings,  Lawfull  Money. 


•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "Fairtleld  Probate  Records,"  Fairfield,  Connecticut. 


70  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Item.     I  give  to  my  daughter,  Abigail  Ilubbell,  Seventy-five  Pounds,  Lawftill  Money. 

Item.     I  give  to  my  daughter,  Ann  Hubbell.  Twenty-five  Pounds,  Lawilill  Money. 

Item.  I  freely  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  four  sons,  and  to  their  Heirs  forever,  namely,  Timothy 
Hubbell,  Gideon  Hubbell,  Richard  Hubbell  and  John  Hubbell,  all  the  residue  and  remainder  of 
my  Estate,  Real  and  Personal,  they  paying  an  equal  proportion  of  all  my  debts  and  Legacies, 
and  the  same  to  be  divided  between  roy  said  four  sons  aforesaid,  in  such  manner  and  proportion 
as  to  make  them  all  equal,  including  and  reckoning  all  they  have  already  had  by  Deed.  &c.; 
this  Will,  as  is  given  to  them  or  any  of  them,  excepting  ray  son  Gideon,  has  had  two  Acre:?,  not 
to  be  reckoned,  nor  any  of  the  Buildings,  but  the  Lands  only.  And  I  do  hereby  Nominate  and 
appoint  my  loving  Wife,  Hannah  Hubbell,  and  my  two  Sons,  Timothy  Hubbell  and  Gideon 
Hubbell,  to  be  Executors  of  this  my  Will,  and  I  do  hereby  make  Null  and  void  all  other  and 
former  Wills  by  me  heretofore  mode.  Ratifying  and  confirming  this,  and  this  only,  to  be  my  last 
Will  and  Testament. 
In  Witness  Whereof,  I  have  hereunto  set  my  Hand  &  Seal  this  12th  day  of  March,  1776. 

John  Hubbell,         [skal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  Published  and  declared  by  John  Hubbell  to  be  his  Last  Will  and  Testament. 
In  Presence  of  us. 

r  Nathan  HrsBELL, 
Witnesses:  \  Abijah  Beabdslet, 
[Sam'l  Adams."* 


ELNATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Bennington,  Vermont,  son  of  James 
Hubbell  and  Patience,  his  wife,  was  bom  in  Stratford,  Fairfield  Count>% 
Colony  of  Connecticut,  September  22,  17 17. 

He  lived  in  Stratford,  Connecticut,  and  afterwards  removed  to  Vermont 
with  his  family. 

His  name  is  to  be  found  on  a  petition  of  the  inhabitants  of  Benning- 
ton to  the  king,  in  1766. 

He  was  one  of  the  ten  rescuers  of  Remember  Baker,  who  was  cap- 
tured by  Munro  and  his  party,  in  the  interests  of  the  New  York  land 
claimants.f 

He  died  1788,  and  is  buried  in  the  old  burying  ground  at  Bennington* 
On  his  tombstone  is  the  following  inscription: 

"  THE  BODY  OF  ELNATH.YN  HUBBELL. 

Beside  this  Monumental  stone 
Consigned  is  dust  to  dust ; 
Reader,  perhaps  a  single  hour 

Shall  make  this  fate  thine  own. 

He  departed  this  life  July  the  21st,  A.  D.,  1788,  aged  seTonty-one  yean. 
He  was  converted  in  the  sixty-ninth  year  of  his  age." 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "Ancient  Probate  Records  of  Stratford,  Connecticut,"  now  in  Bridgeport. 
Connecti(;ut  Probate  Court. 

t  See  "Hall's  Early  History  of  Vermont/*  p.  137. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  71 

JEDEDIAH  HUBBELL,  of  Lanesborough,  Massachusetts,  son  of 
Peter  Hubbell  and  Katharine  Wheeler,  was  born  in  Newtown,  Fairfield 
County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  August  22,  1720,  and  died  in  Lanes- 
borough,  Mass.,  in  1819.  [See  Abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records  of  Con- 
necticut/' in  Appendix.] 

He  married  his  fifth  wife  when  87  years  of  age,  and  lived  with  her 
for  twelve  years,  dying  in   18 19. 

His  obituary  is  from  a  Lanesborough  paper. — 

"DIED,  at  Lanesborough,  on  the  evening  of  the  14th  inst.,  Mr.  JEDEDIAH  HUBBELL.  at 
the  aiyanced  age  of  99  years.  In  the  character  of  Mr.  Hubbell  we  have  an  exhibition  of  piety, 
patriotism  and  philanthropy  rarely  to  be  found.  As  a  father  and  husband  he  was  kind,  affectionate 
and  attentive ;  as  a  citizen,  he  possessed  and  uniformly  exhibited  an  uncommon  degree  of  public 
spirit,  being  ever  ready  to  contribute,  to  the  extent  of  his  ability,  for  the  support  of  the  institutions 
«)f  his  country,  society,  and  the  religion  which  he  professed.  He  was  a  warm  supporter  and 
defender  of  the  rights  and  liberties  of  his  country,  and  those  who  were  his  contemporaries  in  the 
revolution  might  witness  for  him,  that  he  was  one  of  the  foremost  in  opposing  the  tyranical  laws  of 
Britain ;  and,  notwithstanding  his  age,  he  was  found  a  volunteer  in  the  camp  of  his  country.  But 
the  religion  of  Jesus  Christ  was,  in  his  view,  of  the  greatest  importance.  He  had  been  a  member 
of  the  Presbyterian  Church  for  more  than  70  years,  and  here  he  was  most  conspicuous,  for  he  was 
truly  an  ornament  to  the  church  of  which  he  was  a  member,  and  did  highly  honor  his  profession  by 
a  strict  regard  to  honesty  in  his  dealings  with  his  fellow  creatures  and  a  careful  observance  of  the 
laws  and  ordinances  of  the  gospel,  and  always  appeared  to  rejoice  when  he  saw  the  prosperity  of 
religion,  and  to  mourn  with  much  grief  at  its  decline.  Thus,  through  a  long  life,  having  exhibited 
the  character  of  a  righteous  man  and  christian,  he,  in  his  death,  gave  ample  proofs  that  this  was  his 
real  character.  Being  in  the  perfect  possession  of  his  rational  powers,  he  viewed  his  approaching 
fate  with  the  greatest  composure  and  resignation,  trusting  alone  in  the  merits  of  his  Saviour  for  jus- 
tification, and  cont«mpMing  with  wonder  and  admiration  the  glorious  character  of  God,  he  hailed 
the  King  of  Terrors,  and  gladly  accepted  his  message,  and  quit  his  tabernacle  of  iiesh  without  a 
straggle,  and  we  cannot  but  hope  that  on  the  wings  of  his  attendant  guardian  angel  he  was  forth- 
with borne  up  to  the  celestial  world,  to  hear  the  plaudit  of  his  master,  and  to  receive  a  crown  of 
eternal  happiness  and  glory.  And  now  let  his  dear  children,  who  mourn  their  loss,  and  the  youth 
of  his  acquaintance,  reflect,  as  they  would  wish  '  to  die  the  death  of  the  righteous  man,'  so  let  them 
learn  from  example  to  live  his  life,  that  their  last  end  may  be  like  his. 

*  Prepare  us.  Lord,  for  thy  right  hand. 
Then  come  the  joyful  day. 
Come  death  and  some  celestial  band. 
To  bear  our  souls  away.'  " 


NATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Nor\valk,  Fairfield  County.  Connecticut, 
son  of  Nathan  Hubbell  and  Martha  Finch,  was  born  in  Norwalk,  April  26, 
1727,  and  died  in  1801.  His  will  was  recorded  April  6,  1801,  and  is  as 
follows: 

*'  In  the  Name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Nathan  Hubbell,  of  Norwalk,  in  the  County  of  Fairfield, 
and  State  of  Connecticut,  being  in  health  and  of  a  sound  Disposing  Mind  and  Memory,  thanks  be  to 
Qod  therefore ;  but,  knowing  it  is  appointed  to  all  men  once  to  Die,  do  make,  ordain,  Constitute,  and 


72  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

appoint  this  mj  Last  Will  and  Testament,  and,  first  of  all,  I  commend  My  Soul  to  God  who  gave  it, 
and  my  body  to  the  Earth,  to  be  decently  buried,  at  the  discretion  of  My  Executors  hereafter  named, 
nothing  doubting  but  that  I  shall  receiye  the  same  again  at  the  Creneral  Resurrection,  and  as  touch- 
ing such  Worldly  Estate  as  it  bath  Pleased  God  to  bestow  upon  and  bless  me  with  in  this  Life.  I 
giye,  bequeath,  Devise  and  Dispose  of  in  the  following  manner  and  form.  Viz : 

Imprimis.  I  give  and  be<|ueath  unto  my  well-beloved  wife,  Anna,  the  one  Half  of  my  Moveable 
Estate,  to  be  her  own  forever,  and  use  and  improvement  of  the  whole  of  my  Said  moveable 
Estate  During  and  so  long  as  she  Remains  My  Widow ;  and  the  use  and  Improvement  of  the  one- 
third  part  of  my  Real  Estate  During  her  Life. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  Daughters,  viz.,  Ellen,  Sarah  and  Anna,  Sixty  Pounds  Lawfiill 
Money,  Each  deducting  what  they  have  already  Received.  Reference  will  be  had  to  my  book 
for  what  they  have  Received. 

Item.  I  give  and  Bequeath  to  my  son,  Nathan,  the  Remainder  and  Residue  of  my  Estate,  to  be  his 
own  and  his  Heirs  for  Ever. 

Item.  I  do  hereby  Nominate,  constitute,  make  and  appoint  my  well  beloved  Wife,  Anna,  and  my 
son,  Nathan,  Executors  of  this,  my  Last  will  and  Testament.     In  Testimony  Whereof  I  have 

hereunto  set  my  hand  and  Seal  the  28  Day  of  September,  1795. 

Nathan  Hubbell,  [seal.] 

Phebb  Mead, 

ELI2LABETH   SaNFOBD, 

Eunice  Mead."* 


HEZEKIAH  HUBBELL,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Penelope  Fayenveather,  was  bom  in  Stratfield. 
Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  February  24th.  1728,  and  died 
July  19th,   1784.     His  will  is  as  follows: 

"  In  the  Name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Hezckiah  Hubbell,  being  infirm,  sick,  and  weak  in  Body, 
but  of  Sound  disposing  Mind  and  Memory,  calling  to  Mind  my  great  Frailty  and  Mortality,  and 
recommending  my  Soul  to  God  thro  Jesus  Christ  my  Redeemer,  and  my  Body  to  decent  christian 
Burial,  do  make  and  ordain  my  last  Will  and  Testament  respecting  my  worldly  Estate  in  Form  and 
Manner  following : 

First.  It  is  my  Will,  and  I  do  hereby  Give  and  Bequeath  to  Annah,  my  beloved  Wife,  all  the 
Household  Furniture  belonging  to  me.  to  be  her  own  forever,  to  dispose  of  for  her  proper  use  and 
Benefit,  as  she  shall  think  fit,  and  also  one  third  Part  of  all  the  rest  of  my  personal  or  moveable 
Estate,  after  my  just  Debts  and  funeral  Charges  are  paid ;  and  it  is  also  my  Will  that  she  have  the 
Improvement  of  one  third  part  of  my  Lands  or  real  Estate  during  her  natural  Life. 

Secondly.  It  is  my  Will,  and  I  do  hereby  give,  bequeath  and  devise  all  my  real  Estate  to  and 
among  my  Children,  William,  Asa,  Aaron,  Hezekiah,  Ezia,  Anna,  Parthenia,  the  Wife  of  Thomas 
Hubbell,  and  Charity  Hubbell,  to  be  divided  among  them  in  the  following  Proportions,  that  is  to  say. 
that  my  Sons  shall  have  twice  as  much  as  my  Daughters,  reckoned  as  advanced  Portion  in  Value  to 
my  Son,  William,  and  to  my  Daughter,  Parthenia,  towards  their  Part,  what  I  have  charged  to  them 
upon  my  Books. 

Thirdly.  It  is  my  Will,  and  I  do  hereby  constitute  and  appoint  my  beloved  Wife,  Annah,  and 
my  Sons,  Asa  and  Aaron,  to  be  the  Executors  of  this  my  last   Will  and  Testament. 


•  C  tpied  by  the  Author  from  the  original,  now  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Connecticut" 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  73 

In  Witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  Hand  and  Seal  this  Eight  day  of  June,  1784. 

•  Hezekiah  Hubbell,         [seal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  pronounced  and  declared  to  be  his  Last  Will  and  Testament,  in  Presence  of  us. 

John  Nichols,  Jr., 
John  Strong, 
Robert  Ross."* 


GERSHOM  HUBBELL,  of  Greenfield.  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  son  of  Nathan  Hubbell  and  Martha  Finch,  was  born 
in  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  July  29,  1729.  (See  Abstracts 
from  "Colonial  Records  of  Connecticut"  in  Appendix.) 

From  the  following  notice  it  would  appear  that  he  was  not  only  a 
planter  but  a  currier. 

"The  subscriber  takes  this  method  to  inform  the  Public  and  his  old  customers,  that  he  carrj'S 
on  his  old  trade  of  seling  Dear  skin  and  Breeches,  where  Any  may  hare  skins  or  breeches  Maid  in 
the  neetest  manner,  white,  yellow,  Black  or  purple  Golord,  as  cheep  fir  Cash  or  any  kind  of  produce 
as  they  hav  Been  Sold  this  twenty  years  past,  but  especially  for  butter  and  Cheese  or  good  flax. 

Signed,  Gershom  Hubbell, 
Greenfield,  September,  1786."t 

He  resided  in  a  house  built  by  himself  in  175 1.  This  ancient  house 
is  still  standing  in  a  remarkable  state  of  preservation,  and  is  a  fair  speci- 
men of  the  houses  in  which  the  earlier  members  of  the  Hubbell  Family 
lived.  (See  engraving  on  next  page.)  It  is  picturesquely  situated  at  the  foot 
of  "  Greenfield  Hill."  Mrs.  Uriah  Hubbell  and  her  accomplished  daughter 
Adelia,  are  the  only  residents,  and  take  great  pleasure  in  showing  the  old 
house  and  its  historic  contents  to  members  of  the  family.  As  it  has 
always  been  in  the  possession  of  Gershom  Hubbell's  descendants,  ever>^- 
thing  has  been  preser\'ed  with  remarkable  care.  The  old  crane,  trammels, 
and  hooks  are  still  in  the  fire-place  of  the  kitchen.  The  same  high- 
backed  chairs  grace  the  parlor,  and  on  the  walls  are  to  be  seen  the  same 
pictures.  On  the  old-fashioned  square  centre  table  are  to  be  seen  ancient 
books,  and  two  or  three  Bibles  of  great  antiquity  containing  the  family 
records.  A  cordial  case  of  inlaid  woods,  containing  four  cut  glass  bottles 
and  two  cordial  glasses,  presented  to  Miss  Priscilla  Hubbell  by  her 
intended,  is  still  upon  the  table  where  she  placed  it  over  'seventy-five 
years  ago.  She  was  born,  lived  all  her  life,  and  died  in* the  house  in 
1868,    aged    ninety-five    years.     Her    intended    was    lost    at    sea,    and    she 


*Copl«<l  by  the  Author  from  orljflnal  now  ow  file  in  '  Pr(>bate  Court,  Fnirfleld,  Connecticut." 
t  From  an  old  paper  In  p<w8e««Ion  of  Mrs.  I'riiih  Hubbell,  <»f  (Jreenfield,  ('(►nnwrticui. 


74  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

remained  unmarried.  Among  the  other  relicts  of  a  past  age  are  to  be 
seen  sets  of  ancient  china,  cut  glass  bowls  and  goblets,  pewter  platters 
and  table  dishes,  many  of  which  are  older  than  the  house  itself. 

Home  spun  linen,  made  in  "  ye  olden  time,"  is  still  kept  in  an 
antique  chest  of  drawers,  and,  among  the  other  articles,  is  to  be  seen  a 
linen  table  cloth  woven  in  i/chd,  and  to-day  as  perfect  as  when  it  was 
made,  not  having  a  single  patch. 

In  one  of  the  bed  rooms  is  an  ingrain  carpet  that  was  brought  frpm 
England  long  before  the  American  Revolution ;  it  is  said  to  be  one  of  the 
first  imported.  Among  the  ancient  household  furniture,  high  post  bed 
steads,  ancient  chairs,  an  old  spinning  wheel,  an  old  hetchel,  an  old  reel, 
an  old  warming-pan,  and  some  flax  are  sure  to  attract  attention. 

In  one  of  the  rooms  the  famous  Doctor  Dwight  held  divine  service, 
and  taught  school  while  his  academy  on  Greenfield  Hill  was  in  course  of 
erection. 

At  the  side  of  the  house  is  to  be  seen  the  old  well  curb,  with  its 
long  hickory  sweep,  iron  chain,  and  old  oaken  bucket  covered  with  moss, 
from  which  Gcrshom  and  his  descendants  have  all  drawn  water  from  the 
same  old  well. 

The  house  is  shaded  by  elm,  maple  and  button  ball  trees,  some  of 
which  are  over  two  hundred  years  old.  Not  only  as  one  of  the  few 
houses  that  escaped  the  fire  when  Fairfield  was  burned  by  the  British  is 
this  old  house  worthy  of  a  visit,  but  as  a  specimen  of  the  houses  of  our 
ancestors  it  will  be  looked  on  with  veneration  by  all  members  of  the 
Hubbell  Family.  Gershom  died  April  14,  1802,  and  his  will  was  recorded 
May  6,  the  same  year. 

"In  the  NAME  of  GOD,  AMEN.  I,  GERSHOM  HUBBELL,  of  the  Town  &  county  of  Fair- 
field  &  state  of  Connecticut,  being  of  a  low  Btate  of  health,  but  of  sound  mind  and  memory,  calling  to 
mind  my  own  mortality,  and  that  it  is  appointed  for  all  men  once  to  die,  do  make  and  ordain  this, 
my  last  WILL  &  TESTAMENT ;  &  principally  and  first  of  all  I  commit  my  SOUL  to  GOD,  who  gave 
it,  trusting  in  his  mercy  thro  the  merits  of  his  Son  JI;^US  CHIIIST,  and  my  BODY  I  commit  to  the 
Earth,  to  be  decently  interred  after  my  decease,  believing  that  it  will  be  raised  again  at  the  last  day, 
and  as  to  my  worldly  Goods  and  estate,  I  give  and  dispose  of  in  the  following  manner,  (Viz.) 

Imprimis.     I  order  all  my  Just  debts  and  funeral  charges  to  be  paid  out  of  my  movable  estate. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  beloved  Wife,  Sarah,  the  use  and  improvement  of  all  my  Real 
Estate,  so  long  as  she  shall  continue  my  Widow  ;  and  also  I  give  to  my  said  Wife,  the  whole  of 
my  movable  estate,  to  be  hers  forever,  except  such  part  or  parts  that  I  shall  hereafter  give  in 
this,  my  last  Will,  to  the  persons  hereafter  to  be  mentioned. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  SON,  MOSES,  my  Brown  Mare  &  two  Colts,  which  are  now  in  his 
possession,  and  also  I  give  to  my  said  son,  ONE  HUNDRED  DOLLARS,  to  be  paid  out  of  my 
estate  by  my  Executors  hereafter  to  be  mentioned ;  &  also  I  give  to  my  said  son  one  half  of  my 
wearing  apparel,  to  be  his  forever. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  7$ 

Item.  I  give  unto  my  Daughter,  PRISCILLA,  ibe  right  k  priyalidge  to  use  and  improve  some  one 
convenient  room  in  my  dwelling  House,  so  long  as  she  may  remain  unmarried,  &  also  the  use  & 
improvement  of  a  convenient  part  of  the  garden  during  said  time. 

Item.  I  give  &  bequeath  unto  my  son,  URIAH,  th^  one  half  of  my  wearing  apparel,  &  also  my 
Oxen  &  two  Hourses,  which  I  now  use  as  a  team,  together  with  all  my  farming  utensels,  to  be 
his  forever :  &  also  I  give  to  my  said  son,  Uriah,  the  use  &  improvement  of  a  certain ^ot  which 
I  have  a  lease  of  from  Joel  Jennings,  for  him  to  use  &  improve  during  the  time  of  said  lease, 
reference  being  had  thereto. 

Item.  I  will  &  order  that  at  my  Widow's  marriage  or  decease,  that  all  my  Real  Estate,  which  may 
remain  after  the  above  Legacies  are  paid,  shall  be  equally  divided  between  my  five  youngest 
children  (Viz.)  xMOSES,  PRISCILLA,  WILLIAM,  URIAH  and  ABRAHAM,  to  be  theirs  forever. 

Item.  I  also  empower  my  said  WIFE.  SARAH,  at  any  time  after  my  decease  that  she  may  think 
proper,  together  with  the  advice  and  consent  of  my  two  sons,  MOSES  and  URIAH,  to  sell  all  or 
any  part  of  my  Real  estate  and  the  avails  laid  out  in  Lands,  where  they  may  think  proper,  and 
then  to  be  equally  distributed  among  my  aforesaid  five  children,  and  my  will  and  meaning  is, 
that  my  said  WIFE,  SARAH,  shall  have  the  use  and  improvement  of  my  said  real  estate  during 
her  widow  hood. 

And  finally  I  ordain  &  appoint  My  beloved  WIFE,  SARAH,  and  my  son,  URIAH,  executors 
of  this  my  last  Will  &  testament,  declaring  this,  &  this  only,  to  be  my  last  Will  &  testament.  In 
witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  &  Seal  in  Fairfield,  this  1st  day  April,  1802. 

Gershom  Hubbell,  [Seal]. 

Signed,  Sealed,  published  and  declared  by  the  testator  to  be  his  last  will  &  testament,  in 
presents  of  us. 

Joseph  Bulklet,  Jun., 
Thomas  Perrt, 
Darius  Grant.*** 


COMFORT  HUBBELL,  of  Newtown,  Connecticut, .  seventh  son  of 
Peter  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  and  his  wife,  Katharine  Wheeler,  was  born 
November  lo,  1729,  in  Newtown. 

At  a  Legal  meeting  of  the  Town  of  Woodbury,  September  19,  1775, 
he  was  one  of  the  Committee  of  Inspection  and  Observation.  These 
committees  were  of  great  consequence  during  the  Revolution,  and  had 
manifold  duties  to  perform,  which  they  executed  without  flinching..  (See 
**Cothrcn's  Ancient  Woodbury,"  p.  187.) 

Captain  Hubbell  was  in  the  Revolutionary  War,  and  died  in  1797. 

"  In  the  name  of  (}od,  Amen. 

I,  Comfort  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  in  the  County  of  Fairfield,  though  labouring  under  bodily 
infirmity,  yet  being  of  sound  and  disposing  mind  and  memory,  do  make  and  ordain  this  my  Last 
Will  and  Testament  in  manner  and  form  following,  that  is  to  say  : 

•  Copied  by  the  Author  from  ori>flnal,  in  "  Probate  Court  of  Frtirfleld,"  Fairfield  County,  (Connecticut. 


76  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Imprimis,  I  Will  that  all  my  just  debts  and  funeral  charges  be  paid  out  of  my  Estate  by  my 
Executors  hereafter  mentioned,  and  in  the  manner  hereafter  mentioned. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  beloved  Wife,  Susannah,  one  Bed,  Bedstead  and  furniture  for 
the  same ;  also  the  Loom  I  now  own,  with  all  the  Reeds  and  Geers,  and  all  other  utensils 
belonging  to  the  same ;  also  one  roan  Mare,  which  I  now  own,  with  my  Saddle  and  Bridle : 
and  otie  Cow  and  Calf.  Also  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  said  Wife  the  use  and  improvement  of 
one  third  part  of  my  Estate,  both  real  and  personal,  during  her  natural  life,  over  and  above 
the  foregoing  articles.  And  my  Will  also  is,  that  my  said  Wife  shall  have  the  use  and  improve- 
ment of  one  half  of  my  Dwelling  house  and  Cellar  during  her  natural  life  ;  which  is  not  to  be 
reckoned  t#  her  as  part  of  her  dower  given  as  aforesaid. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  son,  Mansfield  Hubbell,  one  red  white-faced  Cow,  and  Calf  by 
her  side :  it  being  a  Cow  that  has  commonly  been  called  Mansfield's  Cow,  now  in  my  possession. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  two  sons,  Mansfield  Hubbell  and  Ephraim  Hubbell,  in  equal  pro- 
portion, all  my  Blacksmith's  Tools. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  Daughter,  Anner,  Wife  of  Isaac.  Hatch,  Ten  pounds  lawful  money, 
to  be  paid  to  her  within  two  years  after  my  decease,  which  said  sum  may  be  paid  in  lands  out 
of  my  estate,  or  in  money,  as  my  said  Executors  shall  chuse 

Item.  1  give  and  bequeath  to  my  Daughter  Nancy,  the  wife  of  Silvanus  Stuart,  to  be  paid  in  manner 
aforesaid,  Ten  pounds.  And  it  is  to  be  understood  that  the  aforesaid  sums  given  to  my  said 
two  daughters  m  to  be  paid  to  them  in  the  manner  aforesaid  out  of  my  estate,  over  and  above 
what  they  have  already  received. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  Daughter,  Ruth  Hubbell,  one  Feather  Bed.  one  Bolster,  two 
pillows,  two  Coverlids  and  four  Sheets,  and  fifteen  pounds  lawful  money,  to  be  paid  at  the 
same  time  and  in  the  same  manner  as  is  provided  as  aforesaid  to  my  other  two  daughters. 

Item.  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my  son,  Levi  C.  Hubbell,  forty  shillings,  L.  M.,  to  be  paid  in  the 
manner  aforesaid  ;  and  all  the  remaining  part  of  my  moveable  Estate  I  ^ve  and  bequeath  to  my 
four  sons,  viz.,  Mansfield  Hubbell,  Ephraim  Hubbell,  Comfort  Hubbell,  and  Vernon  Hubbell,  in 
equal  proportion.  And  it  is  to  be  understood,  that  the  Legacies  given  to  my  said  three 
Daughters  in  manner  aforesaid,  is  not  to  be  paid  out  of  my  moveable  estate,  but  out  of  my  real 
estate,  provided  that  my  Sons  shall  not  chuse  to  pay  the  money  out  of  their  own  estate,  and 
keep  the  lands  to  themselves. 

And  as  to  the  rest  and  residue  of  my  Estate,  my  Will  is,  that  it  shall  be  divided  between  my 
Seven  sons,  viz.,  Lewis  Hubbell,  John  Hubbell,  Anson  Hubbell,  Mansfield  Hubbell,  Ephraim  Hubbell, 
Comfort  Hubbell,  and  Vernon  Hubbell,  in  equal  proportion.  Always  provided,  and  it  Li  my  Will 
and  pleasure,  that  the  whole  of  the  aforesaid  Legacies,  and  all  my  just  debts,  together  with  the 
expenses  of  settling  my  estate,  be  paid  out  of  my  landed  estate.  But  in  case  said  Legacies  or  debt<. 
or  any  part  of  them,  should  be  paid  out  of  my  moveable  estate,  then  and  in  that  case,  my  four  last 
mentionnd  sons,  viz.,  Mansfield,  Ephraim,  Comfort  and  Vernon,  are  to  have  so  much  of  my  lands, 
over  and  above  an  e<)ual  proportion,  as  would  make  them  good  or  sufficient  amends  for  their  not 
receiving  the  moveable  estate  given  them  as  aforesaid. 

And  I  do  hereby  appoint  my  said  Wife,  and  my  said  Son,  Lewis  Hubbell,  Executors  of  this 
my  last  Will  and  Testament,  giving  them  full  power  to  sell  land  out  of  my  estate,  so  much  as  will  oe 
sufficient  for  the  purposes  aforesaid. 

And  I  do  hereby  revoke  all  former  Wills  by  me  made,  and  declare  this  and  no  other  to  be  my 
Last  Will  and  Testament . 

In  witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  affixed  my  Seal,  at  Newtown,  the  23rd 
day  of  April,  1 797. 

CoMFOBT  Hubbell.         [sbal.] 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  77 

Signed,  Sealed,  published  and  pronounced  bj  the  said  Comfort  Hubbell  as  his  last  Will  and 
Testament,  who  in  his  presence  and  in  the  presence  of  each  other  hereunto  subscribed  our  names. 

Webb  Tomlinson, 
Abijah  B.  Curtis, 
David  Beebs.*'* 


JOHN  HUBBELL,  of  Greenfield,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut,  son  of  Nathan  Hubbell  and  Martha  Finch,  was  born  in  Nor- 
walk,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  August  loth,   1734. 

Was  a  merchant,  and  a  prominent  man  in  the  town. 

After  the  death  of  his  first  wife  he  moved  to  Southeast,  Putnam 
County,  N.  Y.,  where  he  died. 

His  remains  repose  in  the  oldest  cemetery  in  Southeast. 

His  son.  Captain  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  of  Bridgeport,  erected  a  handsome 
white  marble  tomb  stone  to  his  memory  bearing  the  following  inscription : 

<'  In  memory  of 

MR.  JOHN  HUBBELL, 

of  Greenfield,  A.  E.  74 ;  who  died  in  Southeast  Town, 

March  10,  1810." 


WALTER  HUBBELL,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Penelope  Fayerweather,  was  born  in 
Stratfield   Parish,   Fairfield   County,   Colony   of  Connecticut,  in   November, 

1736. 

He  was  a  large  land  owner,  as  is  shown  by  the  Fairfield  Land  Re- 
cords. 

The  following  deed  from  his  father  is  one  of  the  oldest  concerning 
him  on  the  records. 

<'  Know  all  Men  these  Presents,  that  I,  Richard  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  in  the  Ck)unt7  of  Fair- 
field  and  Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  New  England,  for  and  in  Consideration  of  the  Natural  Love  and 
Affection  which  I  bare  to  my  beloTed  &  Dutiful  Son,  Walter  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield  aforesaid,  and  in 
part  of  ye  Portion  of  my  Estate  which  I  intend  to  bestow  upon  him,  and  for  other  good  Causes,  me 
thereunto  moTing  Do  give,  grant,  Convey,  make  over  and  Confirm  unto  him,  my  said  son,  Walter 
Hubbell,  and  to  his  Heirs  and  Assigns  forever,  one  certain  piece  of  Land  lying  in  the  Parish  of  sd 
Stratfield,  within  the  Township  of  Fairfield,  it  being  the  same  where  my  sd  son  now  dwells.  Contain- 
ing nine  Acres,  be  ye  same  more  or  less,  as  the  fence  now  stands,  and  is  bounded  Northwesterly 
by  John  Burr's  Land ;  Southwesterly  by  my  own  Land ;  Southeasterly  by  Highway,  and  North- 


•  Copied  for  this  work  by  Liunan  Leroy  Hubbell,  of  Danbury,  Connecticut,  ftova.  "  Danbury  Probate 
Kecords,"  Vol.  VII,  p.  145. 


78  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

easterly  by  my  own  Land.  Together  wHh  the  House  and  Bam  and  Fruit  trees  being  &  standing 
thereon,  To  Have  and  To  Hold  the  above  granted  &  bargained  premises  with  ye  appurtenances 
thereof  unto  him,  ye  sd  Walter  HubbcU  and  to  his  heirs  h  assigns  forever,  to  this  and  their  own  pro- 
per u.'*e,  benefit  &  behoof  forever,  without  any  Lot,  Claim  or  Molestation,  from  me,  my  Heirs,  Execu- 
tors, Administrators,  or  from  any  other  person  or  persons,  by,  from,  or  under  me  or  them. 

In  witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  &  seal  this  27th  November,  1769. 

ricuard  hubbell,  [sral.] 

Fairfield  Coustt. 

On  ye  Date  &  Day  Above,  Personally  Appeared,  Richard  Hubbell,  Signer  &  Sealer  to  the  above 
Instrument,  and  Acknowledged  the  same  to  be  his  free  act  &  deed.  Before  me,  John  Burr,  Justice  of 
Peace. 

John  Burr, 

Skth  Bulkley. 

A  true  copy  of  the  Original  Record,  >'ov.  28th,  1769. 

P.  N.  BCLKLET, 

Register."* 

The  following  is  copied  from  the  X'  Fairfield  Gazette  and  Itidependeni 
hitelligence  of  Thursday,  February  15th,  1787,"  and  may  interest  his  des- 
cendants. 

♦'Whereas,  on  the  11th  of  January  inst.,  there  was  published  in  i\i'^  Fairfield  Qaztiit.  ^Ti 
advertisement  signed  Walter  Hubbell,  setting  forth  that  some  time  in  the  Month  of  November  last, 
past,  the  subscriber  levied  several  Executions  in  Favor  of  Mr.  Frederick  Rhynelander  against  said 
Hubbell,  on  his  Stock  then  in  his  yard; — Mr.  Hubbell  immediately  sent  his  son  out  to  the  subscriber 
to  solicit  him  to  release  said  Slock,  and  request  him  to  take  sundry  Notes  of  Hand,  which  the  sub- 
scriber complied  with,  in  order  to  favor  Mr.  Hubbell,  all  which  Notes  in  the  Subscriber's  Hands,  Mr. 
Hubbell  wished  to  have  applied  in  Payment  of  said  Executions,  and  his  express  Promise  was  to 
endeavour  to  do  the  same  by  applying  to  Andrew  Rowland,  Esq.,  Attorney  to  said  Rhynelander,  and 
the  Subscriber  engaged  on  his  part  to  wait  till  the  last  day  of  the  Executions  before  he  levied  upon 
the  Notes  ;  but  the  very  next  morning  Mr.  Hubbell,  instead  of  fulfilling  his  promise,  receipted  most 
of  the  Notes  in  full,  and  the  subscriber  willing  to  afford  all  the  aid  possible  in  extricating  Mr.  Hub- 
bell out  of  his  then  present  difficulty  as  far  as  was  consistent  with  his  Office,  waited  till  the  last  day 
before  he  levied,  according  to  Promise — then  posted  said  Notes  according  to  Law,  at  the  Expiration 
of  which  Time  the  Sale  came  on.  The  subscriber  still  felt  for  Mr.  Hubbell,  and  anxious  to  get  as 
much  for  the  Notes  as  possible,  adjourned  the  Vendue  to  a  considerable  Time  forward  ; — at  length  the 
Day  of  Sale  came,  and  the  Notes  were  publickly  Sold  as  the  Law  required  to  the  highest  bidder,  and 
amounted  to  the  sum  of  JE104,  14s,  8d.  Lawful  Money.  But  previous  hereto  Mr.  Hubbell  advertised 
and  warned  the  several  Persons  from  whom  said  Notes  were  due,  not  to  a  pay  single  Shilling  of 
the  Money  due  on  either  of  said  Notes,  without  his  express  Order ;  and  that  any  Person  that  pre- 
sumes to  bring  any  Action  in  his  Name,  on  any  of  those  Notes,  may  depend  on  being  prosecuted,  as 
may  be  seen  at  large  in  his  advertisement,  of  the  11th  ultimo. 

The  following  Letter  will  also  shew  the  Absurdity  and  Inconsistency  of  the  Man,  Which  the 
Subscriber  begs  Leave  to  copy  from  the  original  Verbatum : 


♦  Copied  by  the  Author  from  "  Fairtield  Lund  Records." 

t  Printed  by  Miller,  Forgue  and  Bulkelcy,  Original  now  in  the  possession  of  Mrs.  Abraham  Benson, 
of  Fuiraeld,  Conuecticui. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  79 

*  Stbatfield,  December  29th,  1786. 
Sis  :  Holburton  tells  me  that  you  bid  ofif  his  note  for  408.     If  you  will  let  me  have  the  Note,  I 
will  pay  you  that  Sam  and  pay  you  for  your  goods.     Holburton' s  Notes  and   Rowland's  are  clear ; 
the  other  three  have  not  forty  Shillings  due  on  them  all,  if  you  will  let  me  have  Holburton's,  I  wish 
you  to  send  a  Line  Back  by  my  son  Josiah,  from  yours,  &c., 

To  Mr.  Israel  Bibbins.  Walter  Hubbell.' 

But  to  proceed  further,  Mr.  Hubbell  charges  the  Subscriber  with  a  Breach  of  Trust,  and  in 
Justice  to  himself  and  Creditors,  forbids  him  to  sit  still  and  suffer  such  Conduct  on  the  part  of  the 
Subscriber,  to  pass  unnoticed.  When  the  Subscriber  views  the  Sequel,  it  fills  him  with  surprise, 
that  he  should  so  daringly  attempt  to  villify  his  Character,  in  asserting  for  Facts,  Things  which  never 
existed  in  Idea.  The  Subscriber  now  publishes  the  Facts  and  true  State  of  the  Affair,  that  the  Pub- 
lic may  judge  whether  he  has  not  acted  the  fair,  honest,  and  candid  Part  with  Mr.  Hubbell,  he  ap- 
peals to  every  honest  Heart  for  Solution  herein.  What  induced  Mr.  Hubbell  to  publish  such  a 
notorious  falsehood — such  a  Breach  of  Trust  — a  Charge  of  a  very  high  handed  Nature — he  cannot 
say.  It  certainly  must  arise  from  a  dangerous  and  wicked  Disposition — but  in  Vindication  of  him- 
self. Justice  demands  ample  Satisfaction  for  the  Abuse  and  ill-treatment  met  within  the  whole  Course 
of  his  Proceedings.  Mr.  Hubbell' s  conduct  Cannot  bear  Kxaminat  ion,  it  appears  so  manifestly  in- 
consistent, that  it  not  only  deserves  the  Frowns  of  the  Subscriber,  but  the  Publiok  in  general. 

Israel  Bibbins, 
Fairfield,  January  22d,  1787." 


SILAS  HUBBELL,  of  Montgomery,  Hampden  County,  Massachu- 
setts, son  of  Peter  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Connecticut,  and  Katharine 
Wheeler,  his  wife,  was  born  in  Newtown,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, February  24th,   1738. 

On  June  i6th,  1763,  he  married  Elizabeth  Edmond,  in  Southberry, 
Connecticut.    Was  a  resident  of  South  Britian,  Connecticut,  in  1771. 

During  the  War  of  the  Revolution,  Captain  Hubbell  took  an  active 
part  in  many  battles,  among  which  may  be  mentioned  the  battles  of  Lexing- 
ton and  Bunker  Hill ;  in  the  latter  battle  he  took  from  the  field  a  musket 
that  had  been  used  by  a  British  soldier,  it  was  of  the  kind  known  as  a 
**  Queen  Ann  Arm."  Although  an  officer,  he  used  it  during  the  battle, 
and  kept  it  until  his  death  as  a  trophy.  Was  on  Long  Island  with  Gene- 
ral Washington,  and  fought  in  five  of  the  General's  famous  battles. 

Was  also  in  a  number  of  battles  under  General  Putnam. 

Was  one  of  the  party  who  assisted  the  men  who,  after  disguising 
themselves  as  Indians,  threw  the  tea  into  Boston  Harbor. 

During  the  war  he  sold  his  property  near  Woodbury,  Connecticut, 
and  with  the  money  thus  obtained,  bought  shoes,  blankets  and  clothing, 
for  the  men  under  his  command,  in  order  that  his  company  might  remain 
in  the  field.  At  the  close  of  the  war  he  was  repaid  in  Continental  money, 
which  proved  worthless. 


8o  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

In  1 78 1,  Captain  Hubbell  was  living  in  Montgomery,  Massachusetts, 
where  his  wife,  Elizabeth,  died  July  7th,  1783,  leaving  him  with  six  chil- 
dren, three  sons  and  three  daughters.  In  1785,  he  married  Mrs.  Hannah 
Wheeler,  a  widow,  (nee  French.)  (Mrs.  Wheeler  had  also  six  children,  five 
sons  and  one  daughter,  by  her  first  husband.)  After  residing  in  Mont- 
gomery until  1796,  Captain  Hubbell  moved  with  his  family,  including  his 
three  younger  sons  by  his  wife,  Hannah,  to  Unadilla,  Delaware  County, 
New  York,  where,  in  a  year  or  two,  he  had  the  misfortune  to  lose  by 
death,  his  wife. 

In  1800,  Captain  Hubbell  returned  to  his  former  home  in  Mont- 
gomery, Massachusetts.  While  on  a  visit  to  the  neighboring  town  of 
Norwich,  (Massachusetts),  he  was  attacked  with  obstruction  of  the  bowels. 
He  had  been  suffering  for  several  years  from  the  effects  of  exposure  during 
the  Revolution,  and  was  not  at  the  time  of  this  illness  in  the  enjoyment 
of  good  health.  The  old  army  surgeon  who  attended  him,  administered 
160  grains  of  calomel ;  this  failing  to  have  the  desired  effect,  he  adminis- 
tered does  of  quicksilver  during  the  night  which  seemed  to  aflR>rd  no 
relief,  for  on  the  following  day,  August  27th,  1805,- he  expired.  His 
remains  repose  beside  those  of  his  first  wife,  Elizabeth,  in  the  old  grave 
yard,  near  the  Norwich  Bridge,  a  mile  and  a  half  from  Huntington,  Massa- 
chusetts. 

In  appearance  Captain  Hubbell  was  tall,  (six  feet  and  one  quarter  of 
an  inch  in  his  stockings),  and  very  erect,  eyes  dark  blue,  hair  dark  bro\t'n. 
verv  thick,  and  inclined  to  curl. 

He  was  a  man  of  great  natural  ability,  and  superior  conversational 
powers.  Having  parted  with  his  property  for  his  country's  good,  he  was 
wont  to  say  that  he  had  no  legacy  to  leave  his  children  but  an  honored 
name,  and  a  country  for  which  he  had  fought  and  bled,  that  it  might  be 
free. 


JABEZ  HUBBELL,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of 
David  Hubbell  and  his  wife,  Martha,  was  bom  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Count}', 
Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1739,  and  died  18 17. 

His  will  was  recorded  July  7th,  18 17,  and  is  as  follows: 

<*  Know  all  bj  these  presents,  that  I,  Jabez  Hubbell,  of  the  Town  and  County  of  Fairfidd, 
being  weak  i^d  low  in  bodily  health,  but  of  sound  and  disposing  mind  and  memory,  do  make  and 
ordain  this,  my  last  Will  and  Testament,  viz. : 

In  the  first  place,  I  order  and  direct  all  my  just  debts  and  funeral  charges  to  be  paid  out  of 
my  personal  Estate  by  my  Executors  hereafter  named. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  8i 

J  also  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  beloved  wife,  Rhoda,  and  my  daughter,  Sarah,  each  a 
mourning  Suit  in  addition  to  what  I  hereafter  give  them  in  this,  my  Will. 

I  also  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  beloved  wife,  to  her  and  her  heirs  and  assigns,  after  pay- 
ment of  my  Debts,  one-third  part  of  the  remainder  of  my  personal  Estate.  I  also  give,  bequeath 
and  devise  unto  my  said  beloved  wife  the  use  and  improvements  of  the  whole  of  my  real  Estate 
during  the  time  she  shall  remain  my  Widow,  and  in  ease  my  said  Wife  shall  marry  again,  then 
from  the  hour  she  shall  marry  I  give,  bequeath  <&  devise  unto  her  the  use  and  improvement  of 
one-third  part  only  of  my  real  Estate  during  the  remainder  of  her  natural  life— to  be  in  full  and  in 
lieu  of  her  Dower  in  my  Estate. 

I  also  give  and  bequeath  unto  my  Son,  James  Hubbell,  in  addition  to  what  I  shall  here- 
after in  this  my  Will  give  him,  a  mourning  suit. 

I  give,  bequeath  and  devise  the  remainder  of  my  Estate,  both  real  and  personal,  of  every 
kind,  to  my  said  son  James,  and  my  said  Daughter,  Sarah,  to  them  and  their  heirs  and  assigns 
forever,  to  be  equally  divided  between  them. 

Finally  I  hereby  constitute  and  appoint  my  beloved  Wife,  Rhoda,  Executrix,  of  this,  my 
last  Will  and  Testament,  by  me  made,  and  declaring  this,  and  no  other,  to  be  my  last  Wiii  ^^^ 
Testament. 

In  Witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  Seal  in  said  Fairfield,  the  3d  day  of 
January,  1798. 

Jabez  Hubbell,  [seal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  published  and  declared  by  the  Testator  to  be  his  last  Will  and  Testament, 

in  presence  of 

Elijah  Abel, 

John  Squibe,  Jun. 

Isaac  Burr."* 

RICHARD  HUBBELL,  of  Newfield  (now  Bridgeport),  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut',  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Penelope  Fayerweather,  was  born 
in  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecti- 
cut, in  1742. 

He  was  a  merchant,  in  partnership  with  his  father  and  brother  Amos, 
and  gave  the  greater  part  of  his  fortune  to  buy  food  and  clothing  for  the 
soldiers  of  the  Revolution,  for  which  he  was  paid  in  Continental  money. 
He  died  in  New  York  City,  July  i6th,  1829,  and  is  buried  in  the  ancient 
Stratfield  Burying  Ground,  Bridgeport,  Connecticut. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  the  great-grandson  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First,  our 
•'  Emigrant  Ancestor,"  and  was  the  fourth  in  a  direct  line  to  bear  the  name 
of  Richard. 

His  son  Richard,  known  as  "  Richard  the  Fifth,"  was  lost  at  sea  in 
1811. 


AMOS    HUBBELL,  of  Newfield  (now   Bridgeport),  Fairfield   County, 
Connecticut,  son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Penelope  Fayerweather,  was  born 


•  Copied  by  the  AuUior  from  original,  now  on  file  in  "  Fairfield  Probate  Court." 

6 


82  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

in  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Con- 
necticut, December  3d,  1746. 

Captain  Hubbell  was  engaged  in  the  West  Indies  and  Boston  coasting 
trade  with  his  father  and  Brother  Richard,  and  was  a  member  of  the  firm 
of  Richard  Hubbell  &  Son,  merchants.  He  was  an  active  Whig  during  the 
Revolution,  was  the  first  man  to  sign  a  petition  asking  that  Bridgeport  be 
made  a  borough,  and  was  elected  first  warden  of  the  borough  after  the 
incorporation. 

He  was  a  very  prominent  man,  and  held  in  great  esteem  by  the  entire 
community. 

He  is  buried  in  the  ancient  Stratfield  Burying  Ground,  and  the  fol- 
lowing inscription  on  his  tomb  marks  his  resting  place,  and  commemo- 
rates the  death  of  his  sons.  (For  further  particulars  concerning  him,  see 
biographical  sketch  of  his  father,  on  page  58.) 

'<  This  stone  is  erected  in  memoiy  of 

CAPTAIN  AMOS  HUBBELL, 

who  died  July  2nd,  1801, 

aged  55  years. 

Which  also  records  the  death  of  his  two  sons, 

AMOS  AND  WILSON, 

The  former  of  whom  died  at  the  Havannah, 

on  the  15th  day  of  October,  1796, 

aged  18  years. 

And  the  latter  was  despoiled  of  his  life  whilst  in  the  proper  discharge  of  the  duties  of 

his  profession,  by  an  unprincipled  officer  of  a  French  privateer,  who,  deaf  to  the 

claims  of  justice,  and  the  cries  of  humanity,  plunged  the  sufferer  into  the 

ocean  and  left  him  to  perish  in  the  waves, 

on  the  5th  day  of  April,  1799, 

aged  26  years. 

When  sweet  content  serenely  smiles  around. 

Like  a  fair  summer  evening,  oh,  how  soon, 

The  charming  scene  is  lost,  the  deepening  shades 

Prevail,  and  night  approaches  dark  and  sad, 

Till  the  last  beam,  faint  glimmering,  dies  away." 


DAVID  HUBBELL,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of 
David  Hubbell,  and  Martha,  his  wife,  was  born  1748. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  prominent  man  in  the  town  of  Fairfield,  held  many 
public  offices,  and  was  a  man  of  sterling  integrity.  He  was  active  in  the 
Revolution,  and  rendered  valuable  service  in  the  furtherance  of  the  Inde- 
pendence of  the  United  States. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  83 

JOHN  HUBBELL,  of  Huntington,  "Upper  White  Hills/'  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  son  of  John  Hubbell  and  Hannah  Wheeler,  was 
bom  in  Huntington  (formerly  Stratford),  Connecticut,  in   1749. 

He  was  a  planter,  and  a  well  known  citizen  of  his  native  town,  where  he 
died  September  i8th,  1822,  deeply  regretted  by  a  large  circle  of  friends  and 
relatives. 


DANIEL  HUBBELL,  Junior,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connec- 
ticut, son  of  Daniel  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Gregory,  was  born  in  Stratfield,  Fairfield 
County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1750,  and  died  in  1778.  The  inscription 
on  his  tombstone  in  the  Stratfield  Burying  Ground,  is  as  follows : 

"  DANIEL  HUBBELL,  Jr., 
Died  12  January,  1778. 

EPITAPH. 

Young  mourners,  all  that  see  me  die. 

Must  quickly  follow  me. 
Come  and  see  me  where  I  lie, 

A  mouldering  in  the  earth.'' 

His  will  was  admitted  to  probate  February  15th,  1778,  and  is  as  follows  t 

"September  15th,  1777.  In  tlie  Name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Daniel  Hubbell.  Junr.,  of 
Fairfield,  being  sick  and  weak  in  Body,  but  of  sound  disposing  Mind  and  Memory,  recommending 
my  Soul  to  Gk>d  thro'  Christ  my  Redeemer,  and  my  Body  to  decent  Burial,  at  the  Discretion  of  my 
Christian  Friends,  make  and  ordain  my  last  Will  and  Testament  in  Form  and  Manner  following. 

First  It  is  my  Will  that  all  my  just  Debts  and  funeral  Charges,  including  Tomb  Stone,  to 
be  procured  in  convenient  Time,  to  be  paid  out  of  my  Estate. 

Secondly.  It  is  my  Will,  and  I  do  hereby  give  and  bequeath  to  Anne,  my  beloved  Wife, 
all  my  Household  Furniture  excepting  my  wearing  Apparel ;  also  I  give  and  bequeath  to  her 
twenty-iive  Pounds  lawful  Money,  and  one  of  my  best  swine. 

Thirdly.  It  is  my  Will  and  pleasure,  and  I  do  hereby  give  and  beque^ith  all  the  rest  of  my 
Estate  to  my  two  Brothers,  Onesimus  Hubbell  and  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  to  be  equally  divided 
between  them. 

Finally,  I  do  constitute  and  appoint  Anne,  my  beloved  Wife,  to  be  the  Executrix  of  this, 
my  last  Will  and  Testament,  declaring  this,  and  this  only,  to  be  my  last  Will  and  Testament. 

Daniel  Hubbell,  [seal.] 

Signed,  sealed,  pronounced  and  declared  to  be  his  last  W^ill  and  Testament,  in  presence  of 
OB,  the  day  above  written. 

Gideon  Hubbell, 
Seth  Seeley, 
Robert  Ross.'** 


*  Copied  by  the  Author  from  the  original,  now  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,  Fairfield,  Counecticut." 


84  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

WOLCOTT  HUBBELL,  of  Lanesborough,  Berkshire  County,  Massa- 
chusetts, son  of  Matthew  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Hawley,  was  bom  in  Wood- 
bury, Connecticut,  in  1754. 

He  moved,  when  about  fifteen  years  of  age,  with  his  &ther.  Captain  Matthew 
Hubbell,  to  Lanesborough,  Massachusetts. 

At  the  age  of  tM-enty,  he  married  Miss  Mary  Curtis,  also  a  native  of 
Woodbury. 

He  fought  at  the  battle  of  Bennington,  in  the  Revolutionary  War. 

Was  afterwards  State  Senator  for  Massachusetts,  and  for  many  years 
Judge  of  one  of  the  Courts  of  Berkshire  County.     He  died  in  1839. 


SALMON  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  Thaddeus  Hubbell  and  Ruth  Betts,  was  bom  in  Norwalk,  Fairfield 
County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1754. 

He  enlisted  in  the  Continental  Army,  July  6th,  1775. 

In  1779  h^  received  the  following  commission,  and  in  1792  was  made  a 
member  of  the  Society  of  the  Cincinnati,  as  shown  by  his  certificate  of 
membership. 

He  is  buried  in  the  Mountain  Grove  Cemetery,  Bridgeport,  Connecticut. 

"The  United  States  of  America,  in  Congress  Assembled:  To  Salmon  Hul>bell,  Gentleman, 
Greeting :  We,  reposing  especial  trust  and  confidence  in  your  Patriotism,  Valour,  Conduct  and 
Fidelity,  Do  by  these  presents  constitute  and  appoint  you  to  be  a  Lieutenant  in  the  No.  5tli,  Con- 
necticut regiment,  in  the  Army  of  the  United  States,  to  take  rank  as  such  from  the  19th  day  of 
April,  1779.  You  are  therefore  carefully  and  diligently  to  discharge  the  duty  of  a  Lieutenant,  by 
doing  and  performing  all  manner  of  things  thereunto  belonging.  And  we  strictly  chai^  and 
require  all  Officers  and  Soldiers  under  your  command,  to  be  obedient  to  your  orders  as  Lieutenant. 
And  you  are  to  observe  and  follow  such  orders  and  directions  from  time  to  time,  as  you  shall 
receive  from  this,  or  a  future  Congress  of  the  United  States,  or  Cbn>mittee  of  Congress  for  that 
purpose  appointed,  a  Committee  of  the  States,  or  Commander-in-Chief  for  the  time  being  of  the 
Army  of  the  United  States,  or  any  other,  your  superior  Officer,  according  to  the  rules  and  discipline 
of  War,  in  pursuance  of  the  trust  reposed  in  you.  This  Commission  to  continue  in  force  until 
revoked  by  this,  or  a  future  Congress,  the  Committee  of  Congress  before  mentioned,  or  a  Committee 
of  the  States. 

Entered  in  the  War  Office,  and  examined  by  the  Board. 

L.  Scull, 

Secretary  of  the  Board  of  War. 

Witness  his  Excellency.  John  Jay,  Esq.,  President  of  the  Congress  of  the  United  States  of 
America,  at  Philadelphia,  the  4th  day  of  June  1779,  and  in  the  third  year  of  our  Independence. 

John  Jay."* 


*  From  the  uriginal,  in  possession  of  John  William  Hubbell,  of  Wilton,  Connecticut. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  85 

"  Certificate  of  .Membership  of  the  Society  of  the  Cincinnati.  Be  it  known  that  Salmon 
Hubbell,  late  Lieat.  of  the  5th  Continental  Ridg.  of  the  American  Army,  is  a  Member  of  the  Society 
of  the  Cincinnati,  instituted  by  the  Officers  of  the  American  Army  at  the  Period  of  its  Dissolution, 
as  well  to  commemorate  the  great  events  which  gave  Independence  to  NOBTH  AMERICA,  as 
for  the  purpose  of  incnlcating  the  Duty  of  laying  down  in  Peace,  Arms  assumed-  in  public 
Defence,  and  uniting  in  acts  of  brotherly  affection  and  Bonds  of  perpetual  Friendship,  the 
Members  constituting  the  same. 

In  Testimony  whereof,  I,  the  President  of  the  said  Society,  have  hereunto  set  my  Hand  at 
Mount  Vernon,  in  the  State  of  Virginia,  the  twenty-third  day  of  April,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord, 
one  thousand  seven  Hundred  and  Ninety-Two,  and  in  the  Sixteenth  year  of  the  Independence 
of  the  United  States. 

By  Order  J.  Knox,  Secretary. 

Geo.  Washington."* 

"  In  Memory  of 
SALMON  HUBBELL, 
A  Patriot  and  Soldier  of  the  Revolution.  He  was  a  Lieutenant  in  the  5th  Continental  Regiment 
of  the  American  Army,  and  served  his  country  with  singular  devotion  and  courage  during  the 
whole  period  of  the  arduous  struggle  for  Independence.  He  died  March  Ilth,  1830,  in  the  76th 
year  of  his  age,  Honored,  Revered,  Beloved,  Lamented.  Vain  were  it  to  inscribe  a  record  of  his 
life  upon  this  marble.  Stony  Point,  Monmouth  and  Yorktown  attest  his  bravery  as  a  soldier.  The 
remembrance  of  his  unaffected  piety  and  benevolence  is  living  in  the  hearts  of  his  friends."f 


WILLIAM  HUBBELL,  of  near  Georgetown,  Kentucky,  son  of  Hez- 
ekiah  Hubbell  and  Anne  Patterson,  was  born  in  Fairfield,  Fairfield  County, 
Colony  of  Connecticut,  July  24th,  1755. 

Captain  Hubbell  was  in  the  Revolutionary  War.  He  emigrated  to  Ken- 
tucky in  1 79 1,  and  settled  near  Georgetown,  where  he  died,  in  1830. 

The  following  account  of  his  battle  with  Indians  on  the  Ohio  River, 
is  interesting : 

"In  the  year  1791,  when  the  Indians  were  very  troublesome  on  the  banks  of  the  Ohio,  Cap- 
tain William  Hubbell,  Mr.  Daniel  Light,  Mr.  William  Plascuc,  Mrs.  Plascut  and  eight  children 
embarked  in  a  flat-bottom  boat  to  proceed  down  the  Ohio. 

On  their  progress  down  the  river,  and  soon  aAer  passing  Pittsburgh,  they  saw  evident  traces 
of  Indians  along  the  banks,  and  there  is  every  reason  to  believe  that  a  boat  which  they  overtook, 
and  which,  through  carelessness,  was  suffered  to  run  aground  on  an  island,  became  a  prey  to  these 
merciless  savages.  Though  Captain  Hubbell  and  his  party  waited  some  time  for  it  in  a  lower  part 
of  the  river,  it  did  not  arrive,  and  has  never  to  their  knowledge  been  heard  of  since.  Before  they 
reached  the  mouth  of  the  Great  Kenhawa,  they  had,  by  several  successive  additions,  increased  their 
number  to  twenty,  consisting  of  nine  men,  three  women,  and  eight  children.  The  men,  besides 
those  mentioned  above,  were  one  John  Stoner  (also  an  Irishman  and  a  Dutchman,  whose  names 
are  not  recollected),  Messrs.  Ray  and  Tucker,  and  a  Mr.  Kilpatrick,  whose  two  dau^^hters  also 
were  of  the  party.    Information  received  at  Galliopolis  confirmed  the  expectation,  which  appear- 


•  From  the  original,  in  pof.srssion  of  Joiin  William  Hubbell.  of  Wilton,  Conncclicut. 
t  From  bis  toiubetoDv  in  Mouutain  Ctrovo  Cemetery,  Bridgeport,  Connecticut. 


86  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

aDcefl  previously  raised,  of  a  serious  conflict  with  a  large  body  of  Indians;  and  as  Captain  Hubbell 
had  been  regularly  appointed  commander  of  the  boat,  every  poHsible  preparation  was  made  for 
a  formidable  and  successful  resistance  of  the  anticipated  attack.  The  nine  men  were  divided 
into  three  watches  for  the  night,  which  were  alternately  to  continue  awake,  and  be  on  the  look- 
out for  two  hours  at  a  time.  The  arms  on  board,  which  con^iisted  princifially  of  old  muskets,  much 
out  of  order,  were  collected,  loaded,  and  put  in  the  best  possible  condition  for  service.  About  sun- 
set on  that  day.  the  23d  of  March,  1791,  the  party  overtook  a  fleet  of  six  boats  descending  the  river 
in  company,  and  intended  to  continue  with  them,  but  as  their  passengers  seemed  to  be  more  dis-- 
posed  to  dancing  than  fighting,  and  as  soon  aAer  dark,  notwithstanding  the  remonstrances  of  Cap- 
tain Uubbell,  they  commenced  fiddling  and  dancing  instead  of  preparing  their  arms  and  taking  the 
necessary  rest  preparatory  to  battle,  it  was  wisely  considered  more  harzardous  to  be  in  such  com- 
pany than  to  be  alone.  It  was  therefore  determined  to  proceed  rapidly  forward  by  the  aid  of  the 
oars,  and  leave  those  thoughtless  fellow-travelers  behind.  One  of  the  boats,  however,  belonging 
to  the  fleet,  commanded  by  a  Captain  Greathouse,  adopted  the  same  plan,  and  for  a  while  kept  up 
with  Captain  Hubbell,  but  all  its  crew  at  length  falling  asleep,  that  boat  also  ceased  to  be  propelled 
by  the  oars,  and  Captain  Uubbell  and  his  party  proceeded  steadily  forward  alone.  Early  in  the 
night  a  canoe  was  dimly  seen  floating  down  the  river,  in  which  were  probably  Indians  reconnoi- 
tering,  and  other  evident  indications  were  observed  of  the  neighborhood  and  hostile  intentions  of 
a  formidable  party  of  savages. 

It  was  now  agreed,  that  should  the  attack,  as  was  probable,  be  deferred  till  morning,  every 
man  should  be  up  before  dawn,  in  order  to  make  as  great  a  show  as  possible  of  mmibers  and  of 
strength ;  and  that,  whenever  the  action  should  take  place,  the  women  and  children  should  lie 
down  on  the  cabin  floor,  and  be  protected  as  well  as  they  could  by  the  trunks  and  other  baggage, 
which  might  be  placed  around  them.  In  this  perilous  situation  they  continued  during  the  night, 
and  the  Captain,  who  had  not  slept  more  than  one  hour  since  he  left  Pittsburgh,  was  too  deeply 
impressed  with  the  imminent  danger  which  surrounded  him  to  obtain  any  rest  at  that  time. 

Just  as  daylight  began  to  appear  in  the  east,  and  before  the  men  were  up  and  at  their  posts, 
agreeably  to  arrangement,  a  voice  at  some  distance  below  them,  in  a  plaintive  tone,  repeatedly 
solicited  them  to  come  on  shore,  as  there  were  some  white  persons  who  wished  to  obtain  a  passage 
in  their  boat.  This  the  Captain  very  naturally  and  correctly  concluded  to  be  an  Indian  artifice, 
and  its  only  eflfect  was  to  rouse  the  men,  and  place  every  one  on  his  guard.  The  voice  of  entreaty 
was  soon  changed  into  the  language  of  indignation  and  insult,  and  the  sound  of  distant  paddles 
announced  the  approach  of  the  savage  foe.  At  length  three  Indian  canoes  were  seen  through  the 
mist  of  the  morning  rapidly  a]>proaching.  With  the  utmost  coolness  the  Captain  and  his  compan- 
ions prepared  to  receive  them.  The  chairs,  tables,  and  other  incumbrances  were  thrown  into  the 
river,  in  order  to  clear  the  deck  for  action.  Every  man  took  his  position,  and  was  ordered  not  to 
fire  till  the  savages  had  approached  so  near  that  (to  use  the  words  of  Captain  Hubbell)  "  the  flash 
from  the  guns  might  singe  their  eye-brows ;"  and  a  special  caution  was  given  that  the  men  should 
fire  successively,  so  that  there  might  be  no  interval.  On  the  arrival  of  the  canoes,  they  were  found 
to  contain  about  twenty-five  or  thirty  Indians  each.  As  soon  as  they  had  approached  within  the 
reach  of  musket-shot,  a  general  fire  was  given  from  one  of  them,  which  wounded  Mr.  Tucker 
through  the  hip  so  severely  that  his  leg  hunij  only  by  the  flesh,  and  shot  Mr.  Light  just  below  his 
ribs.  The  three  canoes  placed  themselves  at  the  bow,  stern,  and  on  the  right  side  of  the  boat,  so 
that  they  had  an  opportunity  of  raking  in  every  direction.  The  fire  now  commenced  from  the 
l>oat,  and  had  a  powerful  eflect  in  checking  the  confidence  and  fury  of  the  Indians.  The  Captain, 
al^er  firing  his  own  gun,  took  up  that  of  one  of  the  wounded  men,  raised  it  to  his  shoulder,  and 
was  about  to  discharge  it,  when  a  ball  came  and  took  away  the  lock  ;  he  coolly  turned  ronnd^  seiied 
a  brand  of  fire  from  the  kettle  which  served  for  a  caboose,  and  applying  it  to  the  pan,  discharged  the 
piece  with  effect.'  A  very  regular  and  constant  fire  was  now  kept  up  on  both  sides.  The  Captain 
was  just  in  the  act  of  raising  hLs  gun  a  third  time,  when  a  ball  passed  through  his  right  arm,  and 
for  a  moment  disabled  him.    Scarcely  had  he  recovered  from  the  shock  and  re-acquired  the  use  of 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  87 

his  hand,  which  had  been  suddenly  drawn  up  by  the  wound,  when  he  observed  the  Indians  in  one 
of  the  canoes  just  about  to  board  the  boat  in  its  bow.  where  the  horses  were  placed  belonging  to  the 
party.  So  near  had  they  approached  that  some  of  them  had  actually  seized  with  thtir  hands  the 
side  of  the  boat.  Severely  wounded  as  he  was,  he  caught  up  a  pair  of  horsemen's  pistols  and  rushed 
forward  to  repel  the  attempt  at  boarding.  On  his  approach  the  Indians  fell  back,  and  he  discharged 
a  pistol  with  effect  at  the  foremost  man.  After  firing  the  second  pistol  he  found  himself  without 
arms,  and  was  compelled  to  retreat ;  but  stepping  t)ack  on  a  pile  of  small  wood  which  had  been 
prepared  for  burning  in  the  kettle,  the  thought  struck  him  that  it  might  be  made  use  of  in  repelling 
the  foe,  and  he  continued  for  some  time  to  strike  them  with  it  so  forcibly  and  actively,  that  they 
were  auable  to  enter  the  boat,  and  at  length  he  wounded  one  of  them  so  severely  that  with  a  yell 
they  suddenly  gave  way.  All  the  canoes  then  discontinued  the  contest,  and  directed  their  course  to 
Captain  Great  house's  boat,  which  was  in  sight.  Here  a  striking  contrast  was  exhibited  to  the  firm- 
ness and  intrepidity  which  had  been  displaye<l.  Instead  of  resisting  the  attack,  the  people  on 
board  of  this  boat  retired  to  the  cabin  in  dismay.  The  Indians  entered  it  without  opposition,  and 
rowed  it  to  the  shore,  where  they  killed  the  Captain  and  a  lad  of  about  fourteen  years  of  age.  The 
women  they  placed  in  the  centre  of  their  canoes,  and  manning  them  with  fresh  hands,  again  pur- 
sued Captain  Hubbell  and  party.  A  melancholy  alternative  now  presented  itself  to  these  brave 
but  almost  desponding  men,  either  to  fall  a  prey  to  the  savages  themselves,  or  to  run  the  risk  of 
shooting  the  women,  who  had  been  placed  in  the  canoes  in  the  hope  of  deriving  protection  from 
their  presence.  But  *' self-preservation  is  the  first  law  of  nature,"  and  the  Captain  very  justly 
remarked,  there  would  not  be  much  humanity  in  preserving  their  lives  at  such  a  sacrifice,  merely 
that  they  might  become  victims  of  savage  cruelty  at  some  subsequent  period. 

There  were  now  but  four  men  left  on  board  of  Captain  Uubbell's  boat,  capable  of  defending 
it,  and  the  captain  himself  was  severely  wounded  in  two  places.  The  second  attack,  however,  was 
resisted  with  almost  incredible  firmness  and  vigor.  Whenever  the  Indians  would  rise  to  fire,  their 
opponents  would  frequently  give  them  the  first  shot,  which  in  almost  every  instance  would  prove 
fatal.  Notwithstanding  the  disparity  of  numbers,  and  the  exhausted  condition  of  the  defenders  of 
the  boat,  the  Indians  at  length  appeared  to  despair  of  success,  and  the  canoes  successively  retired 
to  the  shore.  Just  as  the  last  one  was  departing,  Captain  Hubbell  called  to  the  Indian,  who  was 
standing  in  the  stern,  and  on  his  turning  round,  discharged  his  piece  at  him.  When  the  smoke, 
which  for  a  moment  obstructed  the  vision,  was  dissipated,  he  was  seen  lying  on  his  back,  and 
appeared  to  be  severely,  perhaps  mortally  wounded. 

Unfortunately  the  boat  now  drifted  near  to  the  shore,  where  the  Indians  were  collected,  and 
a  large  concoarse,  probably  between  four  and  five  hundred,  were  seen  rushing  down  on  the  bank. 
Ray  and  Plascut,  the  only  men  remaining  unhurt,  were  placed  at  the  oars,  and  as  the  boat  was  not 
more  than  twenty  yards  from  the  shore,  it  was  deemed  prudent  for  all  to  lie  down  in  as  safe  a 
position  as  possible,  and  attempt  to  push  forward  with  the  utmost  practical  rapidity.  While  they 
continued  in  this  situation,  nine  balls  were  shot  into  one  oar,  and  ten  into  the  other,  without 
wounding  the  rowers,  who  were  hidden  from  view,  and  protected  by  the  side  of  the  boat  and  the 
blankets  in  its  stem.  During  this  dreadful  exposure  to  the  fire  of  the  savages,  which  continued 
about  twenty  minutes,  Mr.  Kilpatrick  observed  a  particular  Indian,  whom  he  thought  a  favorable 
mark  for  his  rifle,  and,  notwithstanding  the  solemn  warning  of  Captain  Hubbell,  rose  to  shoot  him, 
he  immediately  received  a  ball  in  his  mouth,  which  pa.ssed  out  at  the  back  part  of  hb  head,  and 
was  almost  at  the  same  moment  shot  through  the  heart.  He  fell  among  the  horses  that  about  the 
same  time  were  killed,  and  presented  to  his  afflicted  daughters  and  fellow-travelers,  who  were  wit- 
nesses of  the  awful  occurrence,  a  spectacle  of  horror  which  we  need  noi  further  attempt  to  describe. 

The  boat  was  now  providentially  and  suddenly  carried  out  into  the  middle  of  the  stream, 
and  taken  by  the  current  beyond  the  reach  of  the  enemy's  balls.  Our  little  band  redu<  ed  as  they 
were  in  numbers,  wounded,  afflicted,  and  almost  exhausted  by  fatigue,  were  still  unsubdued  in 
spirit,  and  being  assembled  in  all  their  strength,  men,  women,  and  children,  with  an  appearance 
of  triumph,  gave  three  hearty  cheers,  calling  the  Indians  to  come  on  again,  if  they  were  fond  of 
the  sport. 


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88  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Thus  ended  this  awful  conflict,  in  which  out  of  nine  men,  two  only  escaped  unhurt.  Tucker 
and  Kilpatrick  were  killed  on  the  spot,  Stoner  was  mortally  wounded,  and  died  on  his  arrival  at 
Limestone,  and  all  the  rest,  excepting  Ray  and  Plascut  were  severely  wounded.  The  women  and 
children  were  all  uninjured,  excepting  a  little  son  of  Mr.  Plascut,  who,  after  the  battle  was  over, 
came  to  the  captain,  and  with  great  coolness  requested  him  to  take  a  ball  out  of  his  head.  On 
examination,  it  appeared  that  a  bullet  which  had  passed  through  the  side  of  the  boat,  had  pene- 
trated the  forehead  of  thin  little  hero,  and  remained  under  the  skin.  The  captain  took  it  oat,  and 
the  youth,  observing  '*  that  is  not  all,"  raised  his  arm,  and  exhibited  a  piece  of  bone  at  the  point  of 
his  elbow,  which  had  been  shot  off,  and  hung  only  by  the  skin.  His  mother  exclaimed,  "why  did 
you  not  tell  me  of  this?"  *'  Because,"  he  coolly  replied,  ''the  captain  directed  us  to  be  silent 
during  the  action,  and  I  thought  you  would  be  likely  to  make  a  noise  if  I  told  you." 

The  boat  made  the  best  of  its  way  down  the  river,  and  reached  Limestone  that  night.  From 
that  time  forth  no  boat  was  assailed  by  Indians  on  the  Ohio."* 


NATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Monroe,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of 
Jeremiah  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Wakelee,  was  born  August  loth,  1755,  in  Fair- 
field County,  Colony  of  Connecticut.  Mr.  Hubbell  married  Miss  Hirleyhoy, 
of  Middletown,  Connecticut,  on  November  19th,  1786,  and  by  her  had  twelve 
children.  In  1805  ^^^  ^^^^  ^i^d  in  Trumbull,  Connecticut,  and  he  married 
Mrs.  Naomi  McEwen  {nee  Sherman),  widow  of  Ephraim  McEwen ;  she  was 
thirty-one  at  the  time  of  her  marriage  to  Mr.  Hubbell,  and  was  the  mother  of 
five  children. 

Mr.  Hubbell  had  by  his  second  wife,  Naomi,  seven  children. 

For  a  complete  record  of  his  nineteen  children  and  five  step  children,  see 
the  Genealogical  Record. 

*'  Certificate  of  Land,  situated  in  Guysborough,  Nova  Scotia,  and  granted  to  Nathan 
Hubbell. 

These  are  to  certify,  that,  by  the  grant  from  His  Excellency,  John  Parr,  Esq.,  Captain  Gen- 
eral and  Governor  in  Chief  in  and  over  the  province  of  Nova  Scotia,  dated  the  third  day  of  June, 
1785,  to  Nathan  Hubbell,  Esq.,- and  two  hundred  and  seventy-eight  others,  for  53,850  acres  of  land 
in  this  township,  the  authenticated  copy  of  which  Grant  (the  original  being  lost  at  sea)  is  lodged 
in  the  office  of  the  Town  Clerk,  of  the  township  of  Guysborough,  Nathan  Hubbell,  Esq.,  is  entitled 
to  seven  hundred  acres  of  land,  and  by  a  plan  annexed  to  the  copy  of  said  Grant,  surveyed  and 
signed  by  Amos  Clapman,  Deputy  Surveyor  for  this  District,  it  appears  that  the  said  Nathan 
Hubbell  did  draw  the  said  quantity  of  seven  hundred  acres  in  manner  following,  that  is  to  say  : 
In  the  front  Lots  one  hundred  and  seventy-nine  acres,  Lot  No.  22.  In  the  Back  Lots,  Five  hun- 
dred and  twenty  acres,  Lot  No.  4,  in  the  North  Division  of  back  lands,  making  together  the 
quantity  allotted  him  in  the  grant  aforesaid. 

In  witness  whereof  I  have  hereunto  set  my  hand  and  seal  this  2d  day  of  Nov.,  1785. 

Thos.  Cutler,  Town  Clerk. 
Fees  t)ne  shilling  and  sixpence  per  hundred  acres. 

Guysborough,  Province  of  Nova  Scotia."! 


•  From  "  Heroes  aud  Iluiitera  of  the  West." 

t  Furuished  b>  Rev.  Nathan  Hubbell,  hb  grandson. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  89 

"  In  the  name  of  God,  Amen.  I,  Nathan  Hubbell,  of  the  town  of  Monroe,  in  the  County  of 
Fairfield  and  State  of  Connecticut,  although  at  present  laboring  under  indi8(K)8iti()n  of  body,  yet  be- 
ing of  sound  disposing  mind,  memory  and  understanding,  through  tiie  mercy  of  God,  think  best  at 
this  time  to  make  and  ordain  this  my  last  will  and  testament,  in  manner  and  form  following,  to  wit: 

I  resign  my  soul  into  the  hands  of  Almighty  God,  humbly  hoping  for  a  blessed  immortality 
through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  and  my  body  I  desire  may  be  decently  buried  at  the  direction 
of  my  executor,  hereinafter  named,  and  as  for  such  temporal  estate  as  the  Lord,  in  his  goodness, 
has  been  pleased  to  bless  me  with,  I  dispose  thereof  as  follows : 

To  my  wife,  Naomi  Hubbell,  I  give  and  bequeath  all  my  household  furniture,  to  be  her  own 
forever,  and  the  use  and  improvement  of  one-third  part  of  my  dwelling  house  and  barn,  and  the 
land  on  which  said  buildings  stand,  being  a  little  more  than  one  acre,  during  her  natural  life.  I 
also  give  to  my  said  wife  the  one-third  part  of  my  stock,  to  be  her  own. 

I  also  give  and  bequeath  to  my  seven  youngest  children,  viz. :  Jane,  Anna  B.,  Margaret, 
Adaline,  Caroline,  Burr  S.  and  Susan  Rebecca,  my  dwell. ng  house,  bam,  and  the  land  on  which 
the  said  buildings  are  situated,  the  same  being  a  little  more  than  one  acre,  and  two-thirds  of  my 
stock,  to  be  equally  divided  between  them,  and  to  he  their  own  forever. 

I  also  give  to  the  said  Jane,  Anna  B.,  Margaret,  Adaline,  Caroline,  Burr  S.  and  Susan  Re- 
becca, thirty-five  dollars,  to  be  paid  them  out  of  my  other  estate,  to  be  their  own. 

The  rest  and  residue  of  all  my  other  estate,  both  real  and  personal,  I  give  and  bequeath  to  my 
ten  eldest  children,  viz. :  Elizabeth  Curtis,  James  Hubbell,  Mary  N.  Taylor,  Sarah  Taylor,  Jere- 
miah John,  Clarissa  Johnson,  Horatio  Nelson,-  Nathan  William,  George  Augustus  and  Honor 
Cornelia,  to  be  equally  divided  between  them,  and  to  be  their  own ;  but  in  said  division  reference 
is  to  be  made  to  advancements  which  I  have  heretofore  made  to  the  said  ten  children,  which  con- 
sists of  the  following  sums,  to  wit :  To  said  Elizabeth,  $100 ;  to  said  James,  $30 ;  to  said  Mary  N., 
$100 ;  to  said  Sarah,  $35 ;  to  said  Jeremiah  J.,  $40 ;  to  said  Clarissa,  $100 ;  to  said  Horatio  N.,  $30 ; 
to  said  Nathan  W.,  $35;  to  said  George  Augustus,  $12,  and  to  said  Honor  Cornelia,  $10. 

And  lastly,  I  do  hereby  constitute  my  friend,  Samuel  Wheeler,  executor  to  this,  my  last  will 
and  testament,  and  declare  this  to  be  my  last  will  and  testament.  In  witness  whereof  I  have  here- 
unto set  my  hand  and  seal  at  Monroe,  the  20th  day  of  September,  1824. 

Nathan  Hubbell,  [seal.]"* 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  loyalist,  and  fought  against  the  Colonies,  as  an  officer 
in  the  British  army.  He  resided  for  many  years  in  Nova  Scotia,  where  he 
was  granted  seven  hundred  acres  of  land  for  services  to  the  Crown.  He  also 
drew  a  pension  of  a  crown  a  day  until  his  death,  which  occurred  from  typhus 
fever,  on  February  13th,  1826,  in  Monroe.  Connecticut. 

His  remains  repose  in  the  old  graveyard  of  Christ  Church,  in  Tashua 
District,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  and  upon  his  tombstone  is  the  follow- 
ing inscription: 

"NATHAN  HUBBELL, 

Formerly  Lieutenant  Colonel  in  the  service  of 

His  Britannick  Majesty,  George  the  Third. 

He  died,  Feb.  13,  1826. 

*  The  melancholy  ghosts  of  dead  renown. 

All  point  to  earth,  and  hiss  at  human  pride.' 

Mors  bono  vita  est  gloriaque  perennusJ'  f 


*  From  a  copy  in  posAession  of  his  grandson.  Rev.  Nathan  Uubboll. 
t  Copied  by  his  grandsoo,  Charles  William  Curtis,  Esq. 

7 


90  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

ISAAC  HUBBELL.  of  Weston,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of 
Nehemiah  Hubbell  and  Hannah  Treadwell,  was  born  in  Fairfield  County, 
Colony  of  Connecticut,  in  1755. 

He  was  a  soldier  in  the  war  of  the  Revolution. 

During  the  early  part  of  the  war,  while  hunting  in  the  forest  in  the  upper 
part  of  New  York  State  with  two  members  of  his  company,  he  stopped  near  a 
beech  tree  to  repair  his  shoe,  telling  his  two  companions  that  he  would  soon 
overtake  them.  While  repairing  the  broken  shoe  he  heard  something  strike 
the  ground  beside  him,  and,  on  looking  to  ascertain  what  it  was,  was  surprised 
lo  see  an  arrow  sticking  in  the  earth ;  in  an  instant  another  came  whizzing  past 
his  head,  convincing  him  that  Indians  were  in  close  proximity.  Cocking  his 
musket,  he  arose  from  the  ground  and  peered  into  the  beech  tree,  whence  the 
arrows  had  come,  and  among  its  branches  soon  discovered  the  dusky  form  of 
a  savage.  One  shot  from  his  musket  killed  the  Indian  and  brought  his  two 
companions  to  his  side,  for  on  hearing  the  report  they  supposed  he  had  killed 
a  deer.  Their  amazement  can  better  be  imagined  than  described  when  they 
found  themselves  surrounded  by  some  fifteen  or  twenty  Indians,  who  had  been 
also  lying  in  ambush,  awaiting  a  favorable  opportunity  to  capture  all  three 
alive.  In  a  few  moments  the  hunters  were  overpowered  and  bound,  and  after 
a  short  and  most  unwilling  march  found  themselves  in  the  camp  of  the 
savages. 

The  next  day  they  were  compelled  to  **  run  the  gauntlet,"  and  subjected 
to  other  barbarous  tortures  for  the  amusement  of  the  women  and  children  of 
the  tribe,  as  a  sort  of  prelude  to  what  they  were  to  suffer,  by  being  burned  at 
the  stake. 

Isaac  bore  his  sufferings  without  allowing  a  word  of  anguish  to  escape 
him,  for  he  hoped  that  something  would  occur  at  the  last  moment  to  save  their 
lives.  His  two  companions  had  already  been  secured  to  the  stakes ;  his  turn 
had  come  when  the  Chief,  anxious  to  secure  his  luxuriant  red  hair  (which  he 
always  wore  in  a  queue),  before  it  had  been  scorched  by  the  flames,  ordered 
an  Indian  to  scalp  him.  This  was  more  than  our  hero  could  bear ;  although 
his  arms  were  pinioned  he  managed  to  throw  the  Indian  to  the  ground  by  trip- 
ping him,  and  in  an  instant,  jumped  with  all  his  weight  upon  the  face  of  the 
savage,  disfiguring  him  for  life.  This  act  of  rebellion  on  the  part  of  a  prisoner 
so  enraged  the  Indians  that  he  would  have  been  murdered  then  and  there  but 
for  the  intervention  of  the  Chief,  who  was  so  pleased  with  his  bravery  and 
courage  in  frustrating  the  attempt  to  scalp  him,  that  he  concluded  to  save  him, 
hair  and  all,  and  offered  to  adopt  him  into  the  tribe,  also  to  give  him  one  of  his 
three  daughters  as  a  squaw ;  an  offer  Isaac  was  not  slow  to  accept,  for  the  fag- 
gots had  been  placed  at  the  stakes,  and  everything  was  in  readiness  for  the 
torture. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  91 

Not  caring  to  offend  the  remaining  daughters  of  the  Chief,  by  choosing 
one  of  the  maidens  for  his  squaw,  he  requested  their  father  to  bestow  on  him 
the  one  he  thought  would  suit  him  best.  After  some  hesitation,  the  Chief  gave 
him  the  youngest,  and,  fortunately,  best  looking  of  the  three,  and  the  next  day 
the  daring  Isaac  was  adopted  into  the  tribe,  and  remained  with  them  for  nearly 
two  years. 

As  his  companions  had  been  burned  at  the  stake  before  his  eyes,  he  always 
dreaded  a  similar  fate  at  the  hands  of  the  treacherous  savages.  Knowing  that 
some  of  the  tribe  would  murder  him  in  cold  blood  if  it  were  not  for  their 
leader,  he  determined  to  make  his  escape  at  the  first  opportunity. 

During  his  life  among  the  savages  he  had  many  remarkable  adventures. 
On  one  occasion,  while  hunting  deer,  with  three  members  of  the  tribe,  he  saw 
the  Indian,  whose  face  he  had  disfigured,  glide  behind  a  tree,  and  an  instant 
afterwards  a  ball  from  the  Indian's  musket  whistled  past  his  head ;  almost  at 
the  same  instant  he  heard  the  report  of  a  rifle,  and  the  Indian  who  had  fired 
at  him  fell  dead,  shot  through  the  heart  by  our  hero's  faithful  squaw,,  who 
knowing  of  the  plot  to  murder  her  husband,  had  followed  the  party  into  the 
forest,  determined  to  save  his  life  at  the  risk  of  her  own.  The  two  remaining 
Indians  finding  that  their  plot  was  discovered,  tried  to  escape,  but  in  vain  ;  one 
was  killed  by  a  ball  from  Isaac's  gun  and  the  other,  although  wounded  by  the 
devoted  squaw,  succeeded  in  making  his  escape,  it  is  supposed,  to  some  distant 
tribe,  for  he  never  returned  to  the  camp.  His  squaw  told  him  that  it  was  the 
intention  of  the  three  Indians  to  push  him  from  the  cliff  they  had  passed  on 
entering  the  forest,  and  then  return  to  camp  and  say  he  had  fallen  and  been 
killed  while  in  pursuit  of  a  wounded  stag.  Fortunately  for  Isaac,  he  always 
mistrusted  the  Indian  who  had  been  so  ready  to  scalp  him  after  his  capture, 
and  would  never  go  out  with  him  alone  or  allow  him  to  walk  behind  him  while 
hunting ;  and  as  he  had  been  careful  not  to  approach  the  cliff,  that  plan  of 
killing  him  had  failed. 

After  this  second  fortunate  escape  from  death  at  the  hands  of  the  Indians 
he  lived  in  harmony  with  them,  for  they  now  looked  upon  him  as  one  protected 
by  the  Great  Spirit,  and  spared  no  pains  to  make  his  life  among  them  one  of 
comfort. 

He  was  now  comparatively  happy,  and  deeply  attached  to  his  squaw  and 
their  child,  who,  although  born  of  a  savage  mother  in  the  solitude  of  a  forest, 
was  remarkably  intelligent,  inheriting  many  of  the  superior  qualities  of  its 
white  ancestors.  He  hunted,  fished,  dressed,  and  was  an  Indian  in  everything 
but  birth  and  blood,  and  yet  he  was  not  happy.  He  thought  of  his  home  and 
kindred,  in  Connecticut,  and  a  constant  yearning  to  see  again  his  friends  and 
relatives  who  must  have  long  mourned  him  as  among  the  dead,  so  disturbed 
his  peace  of  mind  that  he  determined  to  escape  from  the  tribe  and  carry  with 
him  his  family. 


92  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

At  last  an  opportunity  presented  itself;  the  Chief  and  his  braves  had  gone 
on  a  fighting  expedition,  leaving  the  women  and  children  in  camp  in  Isaac's 
care.  One  night,  guided  only  by  the  polar  star,  he  made  his  way  towards  the 
north,  carrying  with  him  through  the  forest  his  squaw  and  child.  After  a  long 
and  fatiguing  journey  they  reached  the  St.  Lawrence  River,  and  started  in  a 
canoe  for  Quebec,  hoping  to  remain  there  in  safety  until  the  war  was  over. 
But  fate  decreed  otherwise  ;  the  canoe  upset,  his  squaw  and  child  were  drowned, 
he  was  captured  while  clinging  to  his  canoe  by  some  British  soldiers,  placed 
on  board  a  man-of-war  and  carried  to  England,  where  he  remained  a  prisoner 
until  after  peace  had  been  declared,  when  he  was  sent  to  America  and  returned 
to  his  old  home  in  Fairfield  County,  where  he  married  Miss  Mabel  Beach,  with 
whom  he  lived  until  his  death,  in  1842.* 


.  AARON  HUBBELL.  of  Bennington,  Bennington  County,  Vermont, 
son  of  Elnathan  Hubbell  and  Mehitabel  Sherwood,  was  bom  in  Stratford. 
Connecticut,  September  14th,  1757.  His  wife  Sarah  united  with  the  church 
when  he  did.  He  was  twenty  years  old  at  the  time  of  the  battle  of  Bennington, 
and  was  a  member  of  Captain  Samuel  Robinson's  company  of  militia;  he 
afterwards  became  Lieutenant  of  the  company.  After  the  first  successful 
c'^gag^nicnt  of  the  battle — that  at  Baum's  redoubt — he  was  placed  as  one  of 
the  guards,  set  over  the  prisoners  captured  in  the  action,  as  they  were  marched 
to  the  Bennington  Meeting  House.  In  the  manuscript  statement  in  possession 
of  Governor  Hall,  Mr.  Hubbell  states  that  those  prisoners  numbered  six 
hundred.  He  held,  for  years,  the  office  of  Justice  of  the  Peace,  and  was 
greatly  respected  for  his  integrity  and  good  judgment;  was  appointed  Deacon 
of  the  First  Congregational  Church,  on  15th  December,  1834,  when  in  his 
77th  year.     He  died  December  26th,  1844. 


ZACHARIAH  HUBBELL.  of  Weston,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  Timothy  Hubbell,  died  in  1808. 

His  will  was  recorded  May  9th,  1808,  and  is  as  follows: 

**  Know  all  Men  by  these  presents,  that  I,  Zachariah  Hubbell,  of  Weston,  in  Fairfield 
County,  being  weak  in  Body,  but  of  a  sound  and  disposing  Mind  and  Memory,  do  make  and  ordain 
this,  my  Last  Will  and  Testament,  in  manner  following,  viz.:  First,  I  direct  all  my  Just  Debts  and 

*  Written  from  facta  narrated  to  the  Author  in  1880,  by  Mr.  David  Dayton,of  Stepney,  Fairfield  Coanty, Con- 
necticut.   Mr.  Dayton  was  told  the  story  of  his  capture  and  life  among  the  Kavages  by  hit  uncle,  Isaac  Hubbell. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  93 

Funeral  expenses  to  be  paid  out  of  my  moveable  Estate,  (by  my  Executors  liereafter  Named,) 
which  \&  not  otherwise  disposed  of  in  this,  my  Last  Will  and  Testament;  and  if  the  same  should 
be  Insufficient  to  pay  all  my  Just  Debts  and  Funeral  Charges,  I  hereby  appropriate  Two  Acres  and 
one-half  acre  of  Land  at  the  North  end  of  my  land  in  Turney's  long  lot  to  that  purpose,  and  Em- 
power and  direct  my  Executors  to  sell  so  much  of  said  Two  Acres  and  one-half  of  land  as  will  be 
necessary  to  pay  all  my  Just  Debts  and  F\meral  Charges;  but  if  any  part  or  the  whole  of  said  two 
acres  and  one-half  of  Land  should  not  be  Needed  to  pay  my  Just  Debts  and  Funeral  Expenses,  I 
give,  devise  and  bequeath  the  same  to  my  Nephew,  Ethan  Parritt,  son  of  my  Sister,  Patience 
Parritt,  Dec'd,  to  be  to  him  the  sd  Ethan,  his  heirs  and  Assigns,  forever. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  brother,  Timothy  Ilubbell,  and  to  my  sister,  Rebecca 
Lyon,  of  the  State  of  Vermont,  a  Certain  Note  of  hand  in  my  Name,  against  the  said  Timothy, 
Dated  Feb.  17th,  A.  D.  1804,  for  the  sum  of  Fifteen  Dollars  Sixty-two  Cents,  and  on  Interest, 
to  be  Equally  divided  between  them,  the  said  Timothy  and  Rebecca. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  Brother,  Daniel  Hubbell,  a  Certain  Note  of  hand  in  my 
favor  against  him.  Dated  December  23d,  A.  D.  1796,  for  the  sum  of  Ten  pounds  one  shilling 
lawful  money,  on  Interest,  also  whatever  sum  may  be  due  from  the  said  Daniel  to  me,  on  Book. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  Sister,  Hannah  Watkins,  wife  of  William  Watkins,  a 
Certain  Note  of  hand  in  my  favour  against  my  Honored  Father,  Timothy  Hubbell,  Dated 
Novem*r  Ist,  1804,  for  the  sum  of  Thirty  Dollars,  on  Interest,  on  Condition  that  she  shall  not 
call  for  the  same  during  the  Natural  Life  of  my  said  Father,  but  the  same  Shall  Remain  in 
hands  of  my  Exect'r  until  the  decease  of  my  said  Father,  unless  my  said  Father  shall  consent 
to  have  the  same  delivered  to  her,  or  shall  wish  to  pay  the  same,  in  which  Case  I  direct  my 
ExectV  to  deliver  up  the  Note  to  my  said  Sister. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  Nephew,  John  Parritt,  son  of  my  Sister,  Patience 
Parritt,  Dec'd,  a  Certain  Note  of  hand  in  my  favour  against  my  Honor'd  Father,  Timothy 
Hubbell,  Dated  Jan'y  23d,  A.  D.  1804,  for  the  Sum  of  Sixty-two  Dollars  Seventy-eight  Cents, 
on  Interest,  the  said  Note  not  to  be  called  during  the  Natural  Life  of  my  said  Father,  but  to 
Remain  in  the  hands  of  my  Exect'r  for  the  benefit  of  said  John,  untill  the  Decease  of  my 
Father,  and  then  to  be  delivered  by  said  Executor  hereafter  Named  to  the  said  John,  if  then 
of  full  age,  but  if  said  John  shall  then  be  a  minor,  I  direct  my  Executor  to  deliver  said  Note 
to  the  Guardian  of  said  John,  for  the  use  and  benefit  of  said  John,  but  if  said  John  have  no 
Guardian,  I  direct  my  Exect'r  to  hold  said  Note  or  the  money  for  the  same,  untill  said  John 
shall  have  a  Guardian  legally  appointed,  or  shall  arrive  at  full  age. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  Sister  Hannah,  the  wife  of  William  W^atkins,  to  my 
Sister,  Rebecca  Lyon,  and  to  all  the  children  of  my  Sister,  Rhoda  Caldwell,  Deceased,  Seven 
Acres  of  Land  in  Turney's  Long  Lot,  so  called,  next  adjoining  the  Land  in  this,  my  last  Will 
and  Testament,  appropriated  to  the  payment  of  my  Just  Debts,  extending  Southerly,  taking 
the  whole  Width  of  said.  Long  Lot,  untill  it  makes  said  Seven  Acres,  in  Such  Proportion  that 
my  Sister  Hannah,  shall  have  the  one  Equal  half  in  Quantity  and  Quality ;  my  said  Sister 
Rebecca,  the  One  Equal  fourth  part,  and  all  the  Children  of  my  said  Sister,  Rhoda  Caldwell, 
the  One  Equal  fourth  part  of  Said  Seven  Acres  of  Land,  to  be  to  the  said  Hannah,  Rebecca,  <& 
,  the  Children  of  said  Rebecca,  Dec'd,  to  them  and  their  heirs  and  assigns,  forever. 

Item.  I  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  my  Nephew,  Ethan  Parritt,  and  to  my  Neice,  Rebecca 
Parritt,  Dec'd,  Children  of  my  Sister,  Patience  Parritt.  Dec'd,  all  the  Residue  and  Remainder 
of  my  Land  in  Turney's  long  lot,  my  said  Nephew  P^than,  to  have  the  use  and  Improvement 
of  two-thirds  of  said  Land,  and  my  Neice  Rebecca,  the  use  &  Improvement  of  One-third  part 
of  said  Land,  untill  the  said  Ethan  arrives  to  the  age  of  Twenty-one  years,  and  when  said 
Ethan  arrives  to  the  age  of  twenty  one  years.  Said  Land  to  be  Equally  divided  between  the 
said  Ethan  and  Rebecca,  to  be  to  them,  their  heirs  and  their  assigns,  forever. 


94  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Lastly.  I  do  make,  Ordain,  Constitute  and  appoint,  Nathan  Wheeler,  of  Weston,  S«»le  ExecT!lor 
of  this,  my  Last  Will  and  Testament,  hereby  Revoking  any  former  Will  or  Willn  by  me  made, 
declaring  this  and  this  Only,  to  be  my  last  Will  and  Testament. 

In  Testimony  Whereof,  I  have  hereunto  Set  my  hand  and  affixed  my  Seal,  this  8d  day  of 
Febmary,  A.  D.  1808. 

Zachariah  Hubbeix,  [Seal.] 

Signed,  Sealed,  published  and  declared  by  the  Said  Zachariah  Hubbell,  to  be  his  Last  Will 
and  Testament,  in  the  presence  of  us,  who,  in  his  presence  and  the  presence  of  Each  Other,  have 
Subscribed  the  same  as  Witnesses. 

f  Andreav  Lyok, 

y\^n  -     ^n  Q.xIioL>CA>^    V^AC^-vv-cc^  David  SiLLiMAN,  Jun, 

CJi^ji^X^     Ua^v..^  ^,    ^ ,    .        Jacx)b  Gray.- 

MATTHEW  HUBBELL,  of  Utica,  Oneida  County,  New  York,  son  of 
Matthew  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Hawley,  was  born  in  1762. 

*'  lie  was  drafted  into  military  service  at  the  age  of  fifteen,  and  took  part  in  the  Battle  of 
Bennington.  Before  coming  to  Utica,  he  had  occupied  a  farm  on  the  Phelps  and  Gorham  purchase 
in  Ontario  County,  but  his  wife  being  discontented  in  so  savage  a  wilderness  where  bears  were  too 
plenty,  and  neighbors  too  few,  he  sold,  in  1790,  at  66  cents  per  acre  the  land  he  had  bought  at  33, 
and  leaving  Bloomfield,  returned  eastward.  Following  the  natural  water  courses  they  traversed 
the  outlets  of  Canandaigua  and  Seneca  Lakes,  Seneca  River  and  Oneida  River  and  Lake,  and 
Wood  Creek,  to  the  Portage ;  thence  the  Mohawk  to  Old  Fort  Schuyler,  which  they  reached  in 
December.  lie  bought  Salyea's  interest  in  the  River  Bend  Farm,  and  subsequently  obtained  a 
deed  of  it  from  Agatha  Evans  and  Sir  Charles  Gould,  heirs  of  General  Bradstreet  This  purchase 
cost  him  at  the  rate  of  $2.50  per  acre.  Selling  a  part  on  the  West,  he  continued  to  cultivate  the 
remainder  until  his  death,  and  here  he  reared  a  large  family.  Possessed  of  his  full  share  of  New 
England  energy  and  enterprise,  with  the  moral  and  virtuous  habits  inculcated  there,  Mr.  Hubbell 
was  a  useful  and  respected  citizen.  He  was  a  member  of  the  first  grand  jury  that  ever  met  in  this 
state  west  of  Herkimer.  He  was  among  the  earliest  and  most  prominent  of  the  Baptist  denomina- 
tion in  his  section,  having  received  immersion  in  1803,  from  the  hands  of  Elder  Covell,  a  Baptist 
elder,  then  on  a  tour  of  visitation  and  preaching  throughout  the  state,  and  who  has  pablished  a 
journal  of  his  labors.  During  several  years,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  respected  magistrate  of  the  town. 
He  died  Oct.  12,  1819,  in  consequence  of  sickness  contracted  at  Sackett's  Harbor,  whither  he  carried 
supplies  in  the  war  of  1812. 

Of  his  family  of  twelve  children,  two  of  whom  were  bom  before  their  arrival  at  this  place, 
and  all  of  whom  reached  adult  years,  the  late  Alrick  Hubbell,  who  died  in  January,  1877,  was  the 
last  survivor."! 


WALTER  HUBBELL.  of  New  York.  N.  Y..  son  of  Gershom  Hubbell 
and  Sarah  Wakeman,  was  born  August  i8th,  1767,  in  the  house  built  by 
his  father  at  Greenfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  and  died  Sept.  9th, 
1803,  of  yellow  fever  at  his  summer  residence,  on  Brooklyn  Heights,  L.  L 


•  Copii  d  l»y  the  Author  from  the  original,  now  on  file  in  "  Probate  Court,"  Fairfield,  ConnecUcut. 
t  Copi  h1  fruni  Ba^cg's  "  Pioneers  of  Utica.'*  liy  Alrick  Hubbell  Man.  Esq.,  of  New  York  City,  great  fraiid»>n 
of  Matthew  Hubbell,  and  aeut  to  the  Author  for  publication. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  95 

He  was  buried  in  the  graveyard  of  the  Old  Dutch  Church  of  Brooklyn. 
In  the  year  1868,  this  ground  having  become  very  valuable  for  building 
purposes,  was  sold  for  that  purpose  and  the  bodies  disinterred.  The  remains 
of  Walter  Hubbell  were  removed  to  Greenwood  Cemetery,  where  they  now 
rest, 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  niember  of  the  firm  of  Bedient  &  Hubbell,*  mer- 
chants, and  was  held  in  great  esteem  by  his  friends  and  relatives. 

The  following  letter  to  his  brother  Abijah,  was  copied  by  the  Author 
from  an  "original  copy"  (in  the  handwriting  of  Abijah  Hubbell),  now  in  the 
Author*s  possession: 

"Brooklyn,  August  12th,  1803. 

Mt  Dear  Brother:  Yesterday  I  had  the  pleasure  of  hearing  from  you  and  your  Dear 
Family,  and  from  Sister  Sally,  by  our  neighbor  Mr.  Morehouse,  on  his  way  to  Wilton.  I  was  happy 
to  hear  of  your  healths.  You  have  no  doubt  heard  ere  this  that  our  City  is  again  visited  with  the 
Y'ellow  Fever.  True,  too  true.  **  Man  goetli  to  his  long  home,  and  the  Mourners  go  about  the 
streets."  The  Destroying  Angel  has  begun  his  work.  We  have  only  to  kiss  the  rod,  and  know  in 
whose  hand  it  is,  and  by  whose  it  is  guided  ;  we  are  in  the  hands  of  a  Merciful  God — our  Citizens 
are  fleeing  in  every  direction — Crowding  into  houses  three  and  four  Families  together.  Don't 
know  what  price  I  could  get  for  my  House,  if  I  would  let  it  for  three  months.  I  and  my  Family 
through  the  goodness  of  God  are  in  tolerable  health,  but  our  friend  Bedient  has  the  fever  near 
home,  to  say  in  his  own  family  his  Nephew,  Asa  Bedient,  about  19  years  of  age,  now  lays  very  bad 
with  it;  do  not  expect  he  will  live  long  without  a  great  change.  Kimberly  has  had  a  severe  attack 
bat  is  on  the  mend.  We  shut  our  store  3  days  ago.  Do  not  mean  to  go  over  any  more,  but  are  far 
from  thinking  we  are  clear  of  it.  Oh,  how  gloomy  all  things  look.  Oh,  my  Brother,  since  writing 
the  above,  Asa  has  Died  the  most  shocking  of  Deaths  with  the  Yellow  Fever. 

Mr.  B.  and  Family  have  had  a  most  distressing  turn.  "  The  Lord's  voice  crleth  to  the  Cily. 
Micah,  6th  and  9th."  Oh,  that  I  might  hear  his  voice  and  see  the  hand  that  hath  appointed  th6 
rod.  We  are  poor.  Dying  Mortals  hasting  away  to  the  Grave,  but  when  we  die  of  such  a  horrid 
complaint  that  the  Cofiin  must  be  made  while  we  are  living  and  the  grave  opened,  it  makes  all 
things  appear  still  more  gloomy,  yet  in  reality  its  no  worse,  and  nothing  can  make  it  better  I  am 
sure,  but  faith  in  the  blood  of  Christ  Jesus  can  make  a  Dying  Bed  soft  as  Downey  Pillows  are. 

Oh  Lord,  to  whom  else  shall  I  go ;  thou  hast  the  words  of  Eternal  life  ;  Give  me,  oh  God,  to 
believe,  and  I  shall  believe ;  make  me  willing,  and  I  shall  be  willing ;  work  in  me  to  will  and  to 
do ;  remove  far  from  me  all  unbelief,  all  doubts  and  all  fears.  Oh,  my  Brother,  what  a  sweet 
Keflection  to  me  that  you  have  put  your  trust  in  God.  Sometimes  I  think  L  have  Sinned  away  the 
Day  of  Grace.  Then  again  I  think  I  have  lively  exercises  of  Faith  yet.  I  am  sure  no  man  can  be 
regenerated,  and  not  know.  Sometimes  I  am  ready  to  say  there  is  no  good  laid  up  for  me  in  the 
mansions  of  bliss.  Then  again  I  think,  now  is  the  accepted  time  and  now  is  the  Day  of  Salvation. 
Ob,  my  Brother,  if  ever  I  see  the  happy  Moment  when  I  can  say  to  you,  I  am  his,  and  he  is  mine. 
Doul>ting,  fearing  souls  oAen  faint.  I  will  lift  up  my  head  in  the  strength  of  his  Righteousness — 
without  whicli  I  shall  Justly  go  down  to  Everlasting  punishment.  Oh  what  Different  ideas  you  have 
of  works  to  what  you  once  had  ;  once  you  thought  every  prayer  you  made  you  were  better ;  that 
every  good  Act  you  did  if  of  ever  so  trifling  a  nature  you  were  on  the  road  to  Heaven.  But  poor 
soul  bow  must  you  have  felt  when  you  were  shown  it  was  all  nothing,  and  worse  than  nothing.  Did 
you  not  think  that  going  to  Meeting  twice  of  a  Sunday,  reading  a  chapter,  and  praying   in  the 


•  See  Jobnton's  "  Chancery  Reports,"  vul.  if.,  p.  393. 


96  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMHY. 

Family,  and  paying  the  Minister's  tax,  was  all  that  was  required  of  a  Connecticut  Chrii$tian.  I  must 
confess  to  you  that  18  years  apo  I  thought  so,  but  as  long  ago  as  the  year  1788  I  was  taught  by  the 
Blessed  spirit  of  the  most  high  tliat  works  would  not  do  Oh,  how  long  has  the  spirit  strove  with 
you,  you  will  readily  say  yes,  my  Brother,  and  God  has  declared  his  spirit  shall  not  always  strive 
with  man.  I  fear  I  have  grieved  the  spirit  too  long.  Lord  have  Mercy.  Oh,  Mercy,  are  not  thy 
Mercies  large  and  free.  May  not  a  sinner  trust  in  thee.  Oh  give  me  to  lay  at  the  foot  of  thy 
Cross.  Dear  Jesus,  never,  never  was  any  one  turned  away.  Come  what  may,  come  what  will,  I 
am  now  willing  to  trust  my  Everlasting  all  on  his  Merits,  on  his  worthiness.  Oh,  Brother,  pray 
for  me,  a  poor,  unworthy  wretch,  a  sinner  of  the  Blackest  kind.  Oh,  I  fear  I  have  Sinned  against 
light  and  knowledge.  But  my  grace  is  sufficient,  saith  my  Blessed  Redeemer.  Go  on,  go  on  from 
strength  to  strength  ;  you  shall  find  strength.  You  may  be  weary,  but  you  shall  not  faint.  Blessed 
be  God  in  the  highest.  Blessed  be  God,  Brother,  all  these  exercises  came  upon  me  in  the  light  of 
prosperity,  and  not  in  an  hour  of  affliction.  My  best  love  to  Sister  Sally,  and  your  Dear  Wife  and 
Children.    I  am,  as  ever,  your  Brother,  Walter  IIubbell." 

"  The  above  is  a  true  Copy  of  the  last  Letter  I  ever  received  from  my  Beloved  Brother, 
Walter  Hubl)ell,  and  although  it  is  an  afflicting  one,  yet  it  has  given  me  great  satisfaction  to  think 
that  God  in  infinite  Mercy,  when  he  was  about  to  take  him  from  this  to  the  World  of  Spirits,  should 
again  visit  him  with  his  holy  Spirit  and  show  him  what  he  had  Done  for  him  14  or  15  years  ago 
and  make  him  willing  in  the  Day  of  his  power  to  lay  at  the  foot  of  the  Cross  of  Christ,  and  there 
plead  for  mercy.  W^hen  I  compare  this  letter  with  his  letters  of  1788,  and  then  the  hope  main- 
tained upon  his  Death  Bed  makes  me  rejoice  to  think  he  is  now  likely  to  be  one  of  the  happy 
number  that  sing  praises  to  God. 

Abu  AH   HUBBELL."* 


EZEKIEL  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  John  Hubbell  and  Eleanor  Burr,  was  born  in  Greenfield,  Fairfield 
County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  April  5th,  1768. 

He  enjoyed  all  the  advantages  of  an  early  education,  and  at  the  age 
of  fourteen,  was  employed  as  clerk  on  board  of  vessels  belonging  to 
Richard  and  Amos  Hubbell,  well-known  merchants  trading  between  New- 
field  (Bridgeport)  and  the  West  Indies. 

He  soon  evinced  great  confidence  in  himself,  and  not  only  took  charge 
of  the  cargo  and  business  of  the  concerned,  but  also  command  of  the  vessel 
as  a  Merchant  Navigator,  called  in  those  days  Captain  and  Supercargo,  both 
positions  being  filled  by  the  same  person. 

In  1797,  owing  to  his  industry  and  perseverance,  he  became  managing 
owner  of  two  fine  vessels,  the  Brig  Caroline  and  the  Ship  Sally  and  BetsQ', 
and  was  also  interested  in  other  vessels  of  smaller  capacity. 

His  ambition  seeking  a  wider  sphere  of  action,  he  left  Newfield  and 
became  interested  in  the  armed  Ship  Citizen,  of  New  York  City,  of  which 
he  at  once  took  command  as  Captain  and  Supercargo.     She  mounted  six- 


*  Tranacribed  bj  the  Author,  from  the  copy  made  by  Ab^ah  Hubbell. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMH.Y.  97 

teen  guns,  and  was  manned  with  a  crew  of  fifty  men.     In  her  he  made  several 
voyages  to  Havana. 

The  Commercial  Advertiser,  New  York,  July  15th,  1798,  says  : 

"Ship  Citizen,  Hubbell,  Master,  off  Newfield  Thursday  last,  via  Halifax,  where  she 
had  been  taken  by  an  English  cruiser,  and  after  a  close  examination  of  the  crew  and  papers,  was 
released.'' 

And  in  the  same  paper  of  December  6th,  1798,  is  the  following : 

"This  day  came  up  the  armed  Ship  CUizen^  Captain  £.  Hubbeil,  sixteen  guns,  nineteen  days 
from  Havana.  Game  out  with  eighteen  vessels  under  convoy,  and  parted  with  them  on  the  coast. 
Left  a  French  privateer  lying  off  Havana,  but  she  did  not  seem  inclined  to  come  out.  Flour,  $6^ ; 
sugars,  6s.  to  7s.  cwt.    Cotton  goods  prohibited." 

Early  in  1799  he  ventured  in  the  same  ship  {Citi:sen)  to  Vera  Cruz,  in 
the  Gulf  of  Mexico,  and  endeavored  to  open  a  trade  and  dispose  of  the  in- 
vestment he  had  on  board,  adapted  to  the  wants  of  the  inhabitants  of  the 
City  of  Mexico.  Disappointed  in  getting  permission  to  land  his  goods,  and 
utterly  failing  in  his  object,  he  proceeded  to  Honduras,  thence  to  Havana  and 
New  York. 

The  New  York  Commercial  Advertiser,  August  6th,  1799,  says : 

"  Arrived,  Ship  Qiivxi&fi,  Hubbeil.    Vera  Cruz  via  Honduras  and  Havana." 

Honduras  was  at  this  time  an  open  port,  for  the  export  of  mahogany  and 
logwood  only. 

The  information  Captain  Hubbeil  received  at  Vera  Cruz  of  the  vast  wealth 
of  the  Spaniards  in  their  South  American  States  on  the  Pacific  coast,  and  the 
fabulous  reports  of  the  demand  for  certain  descriptions  of  goods,  enabled  him, 
on  his  return  home,  to  plan  an  important  and  enterprising  venture  to  those 
countries.  As  a  man  of  great  prudence  and  indomitable  energy,  he  at  once  en- 
listed the  confidence  of  his  friends.  He  purchased  the  Ship  Enterprise  of  250 
tons  register,  and  interested  himself,  in  common  with  Messrs.  Isaac  Moses  & 
Son,  and  Hoyt  &  Tom,  each  owning  one-third  of  the  ship  and  cargo.  After 
taking  on  board  an  investment  of  costly  goods  of  little  bulk,  adapted  to  the 
wants  of  the  Spaniards  in  Chili  and  Peru,  and  in  addition,  to  guard  against  pos- 
sible failure  and  disappointment,  as  at  Vera  Cruz,  he  shipped  a  quantity  of 
goods  suited  for  traffic  with  the  Indians  on  the  Northwest  Coast  of  America, 
and  sailed  from  New  York  in  October,  1799,  with  intelligent  officers  and  a  re- 
liable crew,  numbering,  all  told,  thirty  men  and  boys.  Clearing  his  ship  for 
the  Northwest  Coast  of  America,  without  naming  any  particular  port  of  desti- 
nation, little  could  be  known  of  his  carefully  marked-out  voyage.  At  that 
early  period  of  our  maritime  commerce,  ships  were  not  coppered,  and  as  a 

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98  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

rule  their  outfit  at  best  was  exceedingly  limited.  Making  slow  progress  in 
crossing  the  equator  and  coming  into  the  high  southern  latitudes  with  length- 
ening days,  they  decided  to  seek  a  harbor  on  the  East  coast  of  Patagonia.  In 
latitude  about  45°  south  they  discovered  a  safe  inlet,  where  they  found  shelter. 
The  great  rise  and  fall  of  the  tide  of  20  to  30  feet  enabled  them  to  careen  the 
vessel  on  the  beach  and  clean  her  bottom  of  barnacles  and  sea-grass.  The 
ship  now  in  good  condition,  they  took  their  departure  from  these  inhospitable 
shores,  and  proceeded  on  their  voyage.  Passing  Cape  Horn  early  in  February, 
after  a  stormy  and  tempestuous  time  in  weathering  it,  they  were  favored  in 
the  Pacific  Ocean  with  fine  southerly  breezes,  which  carried  them  along  the 
coast  of  Patagonia  and  Southern  Chili,  and  about  the  first  of  March,  1800, 
they  anchored  in  the  harbor  of  Valparaiso. 

As  many  of  the  crew  were  suffering  with  scurvy  for  the  want  of  vegetables, 
of  which  they  had  been  without  for  many  months,  the  Governor  granted  permis- 
sion for  the  ship  to  remain  in  port  for  a  reasonable  length  of  time.  The  rigid 
and  restricted  relations  Spain  then  held  with  the  world  prevented  any  vessels 
but  those  bearing  the  Spanish  flag  from  entering  her  ports  for  purposes  of  trade. 
Consequently  the  Enterprise  was  closely  watched  and  guarded  by  Revenue 
Officers  of  the  Crown.  During  this  interval.  Captain  Hubbell  obtained  a  pass- 
port to  visit  the  capital,  Santiago  de  Chili,  ninety  miles  in  the  interior,  and  was 
the  first  citizen  of  the  United  States  ever  allowed  to  visit  that  city.  He  was 
especially  noticed  by  the  Viceroy,  General  O'Higgins,  upon  whom  he  called, 
and  petitioned  to  land  and  sell  his  cargo,  under  any  restrictions  His  Elxcellency 
might  see  fit  to  enjoin  upon  him.  But  in  vain ;  permission  was  refused.  The 
beautiful  city  was  then  shown  to  him,  attended  by  government  officers.  After 
viewing  the  principal  buildings,  and  passing  through  the  Mint,  he  left  the  cap- 
ital and  returned  to  Valparaiso.  At  this,  the  chief  seaport  of  Chili,  he  received 
particular  attention  from  the  Governor,  was  entertained  by  him,  and  through 
him  found  no  vessels  could  be  expected  or  looked  for  from  Spain  for  many 
months.  He  still  cherished  a  hope,  however,  of  arranging  in  some  way  to  dis- 
pose of  a  part  of  his  investments.  Lingering  at  Valparaiso  for  ten  days,  he 
finally  succeeded  in  making  a  conditional  sale  for  the  greater  portion  of  his 
cargo  to  the  Governor,  deliverable  at  Concepcion,  a  bay  about  three  hundred 
miles  south  of  Valparaiso.  After  arranging  the  terms  and  conditions  of  the 
sale  and  delivery  of  the  goods,  an  agent  was  placed  on  board  to  examine  the 
cargo  at  sea.  The  ship  sailed,  the  goods  were  examined,  and,  following  in- 
structions, they  approached  Concepcion  Bay,  where  a  payment  of  150,000 
Spanish  dollars,  on  board,  was  to  have  been  made  in  advance  of  the  delivery 
of  the  goods. 

The  morning  was  fair,  the  scenery  magnificent ;  overtopped  by  the  snow- 
capped Cordilleras  in  the  distance,  a  beautiful  bay  and  harbor  could  be  seen 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  99 

as  the  ship  glided  onward  to  her  appointed  haven.  She  soon  came  to  anchor. 
A  boat  was  manned,  and  under  charge  of  the  second  officer,  with  the  Govern- 
or's Agent  as  passenger,  was  headed  for  the  shore.  The  Agent  landed  and 
proceeded  towards  a  thicket,  a  short  distance  off,  but  instead  of  finding  his 
friends  to  answer  his  countersign  or  signals,  he  was  surprised  by  a  squad  of 
cavalry  in  ambush.  At  once,  seeing  his  defeat,  he  sprang  for  his  life  towards 
the  boat.  The  crew  had  taken  the  alarm  and  jumped  into  the  boat,  the 
Spaniard  barely  escaping  from  the  coils  of  a  lasso  as  they  pushed  off.  The 
cavalry  then  discharged  their  carbines,  wounding  the  second  officer  in  the  arm. 
Fortunately,  the  boat  reached  the  ship  without  any  other  casualty.  The  affray 
and  confusion  among  the  boat's  crew  on  the  beach,  which  was  distinctly  seen 
by  Captain  Hubbell  from  the  deck  of  the  ship,  at  once  satisfied  him  that  not 
only  had  the  Governor's  plans  failed,  but  also  all  hope  of  any  possible  chance 
of  realizing  his  investments  on  the  coast  of  Chili  was  at  an  end.  Some  years  fol- 
lowing this  event  it  was  ascertained  that  the  Governor's  friends  betrayed  him, 
and  the  silver  coin  en  route  to  Concepcion  Bay  was  seized  by  the  Viceroy  and 
confiscated.  The  next  object  was  to  capture  the  Spaniard,  in  which  they  were 
disappointed. 

Defeated  in  this  attempt  to  dispose  of  the  cargo,  and  knowing  there  was 
a  Spanish  Frigate  on  the  coast  of  Chili,  and  that  the  laws  of  Spain  did  not 
allow  a  foreign  flag  within  fifteen  miles  of  their  South  American  States  in  the 
Pacific,  Captain  Hubbell  at  once  shaped  a  course  northerly,  toward  the  North- 
west coast  of  America.  Coming  up  with  the  West  coast  of  New  Spain,  he 
stood  into  the  harbor  of  San  Bias,  with  the  hope  of  landing  the  Spanish 
Agent.  Fired  upon  from  the  forts  at  a  long  distance,  he  did  not  venture  to 
anchor,  but  proceeded  northerly  again  to  Nootka  Sound.  At  this  place,  and 
the  adjacent  coasts,  he  traded  such  suitable  goods  as  he  had  with  the  Indians  for 
their  valuable  furs,  and  proceeded  to  China  (calling  at  the  Sandwich  Islands  and 
the  Russian  settlements  near  Kamtschatka),  where  he  sold  them  at  a  great  price, 
and  realized  an  amount  sufficient  to  purchase  the  large  portion  of  a  cargo  of 
cheap  Bohea  tea  and  other  goods.  Sailing  in  January,  he  arrived  off  Bridge- 
port, in  Long  Island  Sound,  June  27,  1802,  140  days'  passage  from  Canton, 
on  his  way  to  New  York  City.  Being  the  first  circumnavigator  of  the  globe 
from  that  port  (New  York*),  his  arrival  caused  much  excitement.  Many  of 
his  friends  had  mourned  him  dislost,  for  he  had  not  been  heard  from  during  his 
absence  of  nearly  three  years. 


*  The  little  ship-rigged  Teasel  BeUey,  of  90  tons,  Edmund  Fanning,  Captain,  sailed  from  New  York,  June  13, 
1797  on  a  sealins  voyage  to  the  South  Pacitic  Ocean.  Shu  collected  a  cargo  of  seal  skin»,  proceeded  to  Canton  and 
loaded  with  teas  for  Now  York,  where  she  ariived  April  26,  1799,  l>eiug  the  first  torscI  from  the  jMirt  of  New  York 
to  carry  the  American  flag  around  the  world.— See  Rear  Admiral  George  H.  Preble's  "Origin  and  Progress  of  the 
Flag  of  the  U.  S.,*'  p.  316. 


loo  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

His  arrival  was  officially  announced  as  follows : 

[From  our  Bridgeport  Correspondent.] 

**  Od  Friday  last,  arrived  off  this  port,  on  her  way  to  New  York,  Ship  Enterprige,  Ezekiel  Hub- 
bell,  of  this  place,  Master,  in  140  days  from  Canton.  Captain  Hubbell  has  performed  a  circoitoas 
and  lengthy  voyage  of  nearly  three  years  since  he  left  New  York,  and  we  expect  has  met  withsaocess 
proportionate  to  the  greatness  of  his  undertaking.  He  has  lost  hb  second  mate  and  two  others  of 
hb  crew.  Captain  HubbelKs  route  has  been  around  Cape  Horn,  up  the  Pacific  Ocean,  upon  the 
Northwest  Coast,  and  thence  to  China,  in  the  course  of  which  he  has  experienced  many  scenes 
of  danger  and  anxiety,  and  had  some  profitable  traffic  One  of  the  natives  of  the  Sandwich 
Islands  (where  Cook  was  killed)  he  brought  home  with  him,  a  likely  and  vigorous  lad  of  about 
twelve  years  of  age,  of  an  olive  complexion,  black  straight  hair,  etc.,  who  understands  much,  and 
begins  to  speak  our  language. 

We  Icam  from  Capt.  Hubbell  that  the  natives  of  these  islands  are  making  great  improve- 
ments from  the  state  they  were  in  in  Captain  Cook's  time,  by  the  help  of  some  white  mechanics 
settled  there.  They  have  several  deck  vessels,  etc.  Also,  we  leam  that  the  native  who  killed 
Captain  Cook  was  yet  living,  and  was  pointed  out  to  Captain  Hubbell.  We  hope  yet  to  be  favored 
with  some  interesting  details  from  Captain  Hubbell's  log-book. — jVeir  ITork  Oommercial  AdvertiKr, 
June  30,  1802. 

New  York,  June  30,  1802. 

Arrived,  Ship  EnUrpriUj  Hubbell.  Canton,  140  days,  via  Isle  of  France,  with  Teas,  Silks, 
Nankeens,  and  Chinaware,  to  Isaac  Moses  &  Son,  Hoyt  &  Tom,  and  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  Master." 

This  long  voyage,  discouraging  in  its  early  stages,  finally  terminated  in 
a  profitable  result.  The  goods,  mainly  silks  and  chinaware,  intended  for  Chili, 
were  mostly  returned  in  the  ship.  Two  ships  fi*om  Boston  followed  the 
Enterprise,  and  ultimately  succeeded  in  landing  their  cargoes. 

In  the  spring  of  1803  Captain  Hubbell  purchased  an  interest  in  the 
Catharine  Ray,  a  fine  vessel  of  about  200  tons,  and  took  command  of  her  as 
Captain  and  Supercargo,  on  a  voyage  to  China.  With  a  view  to  an  important 
investment  in  silks,  she  was  provided  with  ample  means  for  such  an  adventure, 
and  performed  her  voyage  in  the  regular  course,  arriving  at  New  York  on 
her  return  home  in  the  spring  of  1804. 

Under  a  similar  arrangement  with  the  same  owners  he  made  a  second 
voyage  to  China,  and  arrived  on  his  return  home  in  the  spring  of  1805,  when 
the  vessel  was  sold. 

In  May,  1805,  he  resumed  the  command  of  his  old  Ship  Citizen,  under  the 
auspices  of  Messrs.  Hoyt  &  Tom,  and  fitted  her  for  a  voyage  to  China.  Specu- 
lation running  high  in  silks,  he  declined  any  interest  in  the  adventure  beyond 
his  commissions.  She  had  on  board  ^150,000  in  Spanish  coin,  made  her 
voyage  in  due  time  and  returned  to  New  York,  where  she  arrived  in  May, 
1806. 

As  there  was  nothing  special  in  the  trips  of  the  Cathanne  Ray  and 
Citizen,  we  have  not  given  any  detailed  account  of  their  voyages. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  loi 

The  Ship  Augustus,  owned  in  equal  shares  by  Isaac  Moses  &  Son,  Hoyt  & 
Tom,  and  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  was  placed  under  the  command  of  Captain  Hub- 
bell  aforesaid  to  proceed  to  China  via  Isle  of  France.  Throughout  the  voyage 
the  employment  and  business  of  the  ship  was  to  be  left  exclusively  to  his  care 
and  judgment.  She  took  on  board  a  small  amount  of  treasure  (about  25,000 
Spanish  dollars),  and  cleared  for  China  in  June,  1807.  He  called  at  the  Isle 
of  France  and  invested  his  funds  in  India  prize  cotton, — England  and  France 
being  then  at  war, — and  continued  thence  on  his  voyage  to  China,  arriving 
at  Canton  in  October,  1807.  At  Canton  in  those  days  there  were  no  commis- 
sion-houses. It  was  customary  to  take  a  furnished  factory,*  and  the  captain  or 
supercargo  transacted  the  business  of  the  ship,  and  purchased  the  return  cargo 
of  tea,  silks,  etc.  These  purchases  were  all  made  through  the  wealthy  Hong 
merchants,  of  whom  there  were  twelve,  and  through  whom  all  foreign  trade 
was  conducted,  including  that  of  the  British  East  India  Company. 

In  the  early  experience  of  American  traders  with  China,  vessels  were  fur- 
nished, as  a  rule,  with  ample  means  to  load  a  return  cargo.f  The  Augtistus 
was  a  good-sized  ship,  but  the  funds  realized  from  the  sale  of  the  cotton  did 
not  exceed  ^30,000,  which  was  a  small  sum  towards  purchasing  a  full  cargo  of 
tea.  Freight  could  not  be  had  except  at  exceedingly  low  figures,  and  as  pros- 
pects were  not  encouraging  at  the  time  for  the  United  States,  he  became  dis- 
heartened, because  he  saw  no  prospects  of  getting  away  from  China  in  the  regular 
season,  so  that  he  could  avail  himself  of  the  northeast  monsoon  to  take  his  ship 
down  the  China  Sea.  While  in  this  perplexing  situation  he  unexpectedly  enlisted 
the  sympathy  of  Houqua,  the  senior  Hong  merchant.  Houqua  proposed  to 
Captain  Hubbell  to  furnish  and  sell  to  him  a  cargo  of  tea  on  twelve  months' 
credit,  on  condition  that  he  should  take  tea  of  such  descriptions  as  he 
(Houqua)  should  advise,  and  follow  his  suggestions  if  they  were  worthy  of 
consideration,  Houqua  to  take  the  sea  risk,  which  was  to  be  included  in  the 
price  of  the  tea,  the  payment  for  the  cargo  to  be  remitted  in  due  course  of 
time,  after  realization  from  sales  in  Europe.  In  the  meanwhile  Captain  Hub- 
bell was  to  give  his  promissory  note  at  twelve  months'  date  with  interest  at 
twelve  per  cent,  per  annum  for  the  cost  of  the  cargo.  Captain  Hubbell  ex- 
pressed great  surprise  and  pleasure  at  the  unbounded  confidence  manifested  on 
the  part  of  Houqua,  who,  however,  had  made  his  acquaintance  on  former  voy- 
ages to  China,  and  in  whom  he  (Houqua)  had  taken  a  great  personal  interest. 
Houqua's  proposition  was  accepted,  also  his  suggestion  that  the  destination  of 
the  ship  should  be  Amsterdam,  as  he  believed  in  a  good  result  from  a  ship- 


*  A  fttrnithcd  factory  was  a  large  private  residence  with  suitable  arrangements  for  living  and  conducting 
trade,  In  which  captains  and  supercargoes,  with  a  retinue  or  servants,  tranttacted  their  business. 

t  It  had  been  also  Captain  HublH'll's  experience ;  but  on  this  occasion  no  reasiun  is  givm  for  his  limited  sup- 
ply of  foods.    HLi  owoen  were  wealtliy. 


I02  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  hAMlLY. 

ment  of  tea  adapted  to  the  wants  peculiar  to  Holland.  The  ship  at  once  loaded 
and  made  ready  for  sea.  On  making  up  the  invoices  it  was  found  that  after 
crediting  the  outward  funds  of  the  ship  the  balance  due  Houqua  would  be 
1^103,000,  for  which  sum  Captain  Hubbell  gave  his  individual  note  as  follows: 

"$103,000.  "Canton,  China,  January  15th,  1808. 

Twelve  months  after  date,  for  value  received,  I  promise  to  pay  to  the  order  of  Houqua, 
Hong  merchant,  one  hundred  and  three  thousand  dollars  for  cargo  of  tea  per  Ship  Augustus,  with 
interest  at  12  per  cent,  per  annum.  (Signed)  Ezekiel  Hubrkli«." 

He  then  addressed  his  associates  in  New  York,  enclosing  copies  of  in- 
voices and  advising  in  detail  the  responsibility  he  had  taken,  naming  a  third 
party  to  whom  he  required  they  should  on  receipt  of  his  letters  at  once  ap- 
prove of  his  transaction  to  the  extent  of  their  one-third  interest  each  in  the 
ship,  or  otherwise  simply  receive  their  portion  of  freight  on  the  cargo  and  profit 
on  the  tea,  from  the  proceeds  of  the  cotton,  when  the  accounts  were  finally 
made  up. 

Taking  leave  of  his  friend  Houqua,  he  sailed  from  Canton  in  January, 
1808,  bound  for  Amsterdam,  and  arrived  at  Plymouth,  in  the  English  Channel, 
on  July  3d,  the  same  year.  Here  the  startling  news  of  the  blockade  of  the 
ports  of  Holland,  by  the  naval  forces  of  Great  Britain,  awaited  him,  and  hear- 
ing it  for  the  first  time,  his  surprise  can  well  be  imagined.  Recovering  quickly 
from  the  shock  produced  by  such  unexpected  intelligence,  he  immediately  took  a 
post  chaise  for  London,  to  confer  with  the  eminent  house  of  Messrs.  Thomas 
Wilson  &  Co. 

Tea  under  the  American  flag  was  prohibited  in  England.  The  China 
trade  was  a  monopoly  of  the  British  East  India  Company,  who  had  the 
exclusive  right  of  importing  tea.  The  extreme  arbitrary  regulations  of  the 
Company  opposed  the  landing  of  the  cargo  in  bond  until  peace  in  Europe 
might  release  it.  The  non-intercourse  act  in  America  could  not  induce  him  to 
cross  the  Atlantic  to  New  York.  To  remain  at  anchor,  waiting  the  end  of  an 
uncertain  war,  would  be  fatal,  for  the  ship  was  not  coppered,  and,  in  addition 
to  a  certain  deterioration  to  the  tea,  she  would  certainly  be  destroyed  by  worms. 
Finally,  after  due  consideration  of  the  great  risks  to  be  incurred,  he  laid  his  plan 
before  his  London  friends,  to  place  his  ship  and  cargo  in  Amsterdam.  They 
seemed  to  think  well  of  his  proposed  enterprise,  although  not  disposed  to 
openly  advise  it.  Still,  they  were  much  pleased  at  the  cool  decision  of  Captain 
Hubbell,  for  he  had  decided  upon  a  course  of  action  with  a  firm  determination 
to  carry  it  out  at  all  hazards. 

With  efficient  officers  and  a  reliable  crew  he  left  Plymouth  and  proceeded 
towards  the  Bay  of  Biscay.  In  this  short  cruise  a  new  log-book  and  journals 
were  written  up,  headed  direct  from  "Canton  to  Amsterdam."  As  soon  as  they 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  103 

were  completed,  he  steered  away  for  the  English  Channel,  and  without  calling, 
as  customary  in  those  days,  at  an  English  port  for  news,  he  continued  steadily 
on  to  the  North  Sea,  until  within  sight  of  the  British  naval  forces  blockading 
Holland. 

His  journal  showed  "  160  days'  passage  from  Canton,  ship  leaking  badly, 
and  short  of  provisions;  had  spoken  nothing,  nor  called  at  any  port/'  A  boat, 
with  an  officer  from  the  Admiral's  ship,  soon  boarded  the  Augustus,  After 
endorsing  on  the  ship's  Register  notice  that  the  ports  of  Holland  were  under 
blockade  by  H.  B.  M.  naval  forces,  the  officer  requested  Captain  Hubbell  "to 
remain  under  easy  sail  during  the  night."  To  this  request  he  replied,  "  that 
the  crew  were  almost  worn  out  with  fatigue  at  the  pumps  to  keep  the  ship 
free,"  and  adding  that  they  were  out  of  water  and  provisions,  he  asked  to  be 
supplied  that  afternoon  with  a  small  quantity  of  each.  The  officer  said  in  reply 
that  "  the  Squadron  was  short  of  everything,  and  their  men  were  also  upon  an 
allowance  of  water,  but  he  would  report  to  the  Admiral,  and  see  what  could  be 
done  on  the  morrow."  To  this  Captain  Hubbell  replied, "  that  if  they  did  not  re- 
lieve his  crew  immediately,  or  to  some  extent,  he  should  beach  his  ship  before 
morning,  because  his  men  were  becoming  ungovernable,  and  would  not  hesi- 
tate to  run  her  ashore."  The  boarding  officer  laughed,  and  taking  his  leave 
merely  said  in  reply,"  we  will  look  after  you.  Captain,  during  the  night,  and  see 
you  again  to-morrow."  The  morning  opened  upon  a  new  scene.  The  sun  rose 
brightly,  and  found  the  good  Ship  Augustus  embedded  in  the  sandy  beach, 
near  the  entrance  of  the  main  channel  to  Amsterdam,  fully  protected  by  the 
fortifications,  while  in  the  distant  offing  the  British  fleet  was  seen,  powerless  to 
reach  her,  she  being  quite  out  of  danger  of  any  possible  harm  from  the  guns 
of  the  blockading  forces. 

The  weather  was  fine,  and  the  sea  smooth,  so  the  crew  was  able  to  keep 
the  ship  clear  of  water  by  constantly  working  at  the  pumps,  and  not  more  than 
the  ground  tier  of  tea  was  damaged  by  water. 

Seeing  the  safe  position  of  his  ship.  Captain  Hubbell  hastened  to  Amster- 
dam to  confer  with  the  opulent  house  of  Messrs.  Daniel  Cromelin  &  Sons,  to 
whom  he  had  letters  from  Messrs.  Thomas  Wilson  &  Co.,  of  London.  Through 
the  influence  of  this  prominent  house,  permission  was  obtained  from  Louis 
Bonaparte,  then  King  of  Holland,  to  land  the  cargo  and  place  it  in  the  King's 
warehouses,  at  Amsterdam.  The  allied  forces  were  then  marching  towards 
Holland,  which  caused  all  trade  to  cease  for  the  time,  rendering  tea  scarce,  and 
prices  consequently  high. 

The  main  object  now  accomplished,  the  cargo  was  soon  discharged  and 
stored  in  Amsterdam.  Captain  Hubbell  left  his  ship  and  her  cargo  in  charge 
of  his  friends,  and  hastened  back  to  London  by  a  circuitous  route,  whence  he 
directed  his  business  in  Holland  by  correspondence,  in  which  he  was  assisted 
by  his  friends  in  London. 


I04  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

The  ship  was  eventually  floated  off  the  beach,  repaired,  and  put  in  charge 
of  the  first  officer.  Some  months  afterwards  permission  was  granted  by  the 
iiritish  Admiral  for  her  to  pass  out  unmolested.  She  returned  to  New  York, 
where  she  arrived  in  December,  1808. 

Meanwhile,  Captain  Hubbell  received  letters  from  his  associates  in  New 
York,  in  reply  to  his  letters  from  Canton.  The  one  party  confirmed  the  trans- 
action with  Houqua,  in  China,  and  acknowledged  their  one-third  interest 
The  other  party  declined,  on  the  ground  that  the  risk  assumed  by  Captain 
Hubbell  at  Canton  was  unjustifiable,  and  refused  under  any  and  all  circum- 
stances to  acknowledge  any  interest  whatever,  beyond  the  small  investment 
of  J>25,ooo  originally  shipped  on  joint  account,  thus  leaving  Captain  Hubbell 
with  a  responsibility  of  two-thirds  of  the  adventure  to  his  own  private  account 

After  considerable  delay  the  cargo  was  sold,  and  at  the  end  of  six  months 
accounts  were  made  up,  which,  with  remittances  to  Captain  Hubbell,  were  re- 
ceived in  London  under  protest.  The  enormous  charges  debited  in  the  shape 
of  heavy  payments  to  various  parties,  said  to  be  connected  with  the  govern- 
ment, led  to  great  dissatisfaction  and  suspicion  as  to  the  honesty  of  the  Agents 
at  Amsterdam.  Still,  the  result  was  a  large  profit,  leaving  Captain  Hubbell, 
for  those  days,  not  only  independent,  but  rich.  Returning  to  New  York  with 
the  proceeds  of  the  voyage,  he  remitted  to  Houqua,  in  Spanish  dollars  (includ- 
ing interest),  ^119,000.00,  made  up  in  China  on  receipt  of  the  funds.  The 
note  was  returned  to  Captain  Hubbell,  indorsed  as  follows  : 

"  Canton,  October  5th,  1809. 

Received  payment  in  full,  with  interest,  as  adjusted,  $119,000.00. 

(Signed)        Houqua." 
Underneath  is  written : 

"  Paid,  thank  God !    E.  H." 

Owing  to  the  difficulties  and  detention  Captain  Hubbell  met  with,  a  re- 
batement  of  interest  was  made  by  Houqua. 

It  is  a  remarkable  and  noticeable  fact  that  Captain  Hubbell,  on  his  return 
to  New  York,  found  his  old  friends,  Hoyt  &  Tom,  who  declined  to  acknowl- 
edge their  one-third  interest  in  the  transaction  at  Canton,  embarrassed  in  the 
seizure  of  the  Corvette  Ship,  American  Eagle^  by  the  Government,  under  suspi- 
cion that  she  was  fitted  out  for  the  party  then  claiming  to  be  in  power  at  San 
Domingo.  At  this  crisis  he  was  enabled  to  come  to  their  relief  with  substan- 
tial aid,  which  saved  them  from  a  temporary  difficulty. 

From  1809  until  the  war  of  1812  with  England,  he  resided  at  his  country 
home,  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  where  he  occupied  his  time  in  gratifying  his 
tastes,  and  occasionally  assisting  his  friends  in  their  various  pursuits  in  life,  and 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  105 

coDtinued  to  do  so  until  181 3,  in  which  year  he  entered  into  an  extensive 
speculation,  making  large  purchases  of  woodlands  near  West  Point,  on  the 
Hudson  River,  known  as  the  Highlands. 

The  object  was  to  furnish  ship  timber,  in  anticipation  of  the  requirements 
of  the  Government  at  the  Navy  Yard  in  New  York  City.  Large  quantities  of 
timber  were  felled  and  sent  forward,  but,  unfortunately,  proved  unsuitable.  He 
was  not  discouraged,  however,  hoping  that  an  emergency  might  arise  to  compel 
the  Government  to  use  it,  as  it  was  then  difficult  to  obtain  suitable  building 
material,  except  at  an  enormous  price  and  in  small  supply,  because  the  ports 
of  the  United  States  were  continually  under  blockade  by  the  English  naval 
forces,  and  inland  transportation  was  almost  impracticable. 

After  investing  considerable  sums  of  money,  however,  from  which  little 
could  be  realized,  the  speculation  was  abandoned,  entailing,  for  those  days,  a 
heavy  loss. 

At  the  close  of  the  war,  in  February.  181 5,  he  found  himself  obliged  to 
sustain  his  friends.  Smith  &  Hubbell,  of  New  York,  who  were  engaged  in  a 
shipping  and  mercantile  business,  mainly  with  Calcutta.  This,  in  addition  to 
his  timber  enterprises,  and  some  losses  on  shipments  to  Spain,  in  1809,  seized 
by  Napoleon  I,  under  the  Berlin  and  Milan  decrees  of  1806,  weakened  his 
resources  to  such  a  degree  as  to  compel  him  again  to  think  of  foreign 
adventures. 

In  1816  he  visited  Holland  in  hope  of  realizing  something  further  from 
the  proceeds  of  the  cargo  of  tea,  per  Ship  Augjistiis,  sold  at  Amsterdam,  as 
hereinbefore  referred  to.  Soon  discovering  that  he  looked  in  vain  for  re- 
clamations from  his  old  correspondents,  without  uncertain  and  expensive 
litigation,  he  abandoned  the  intention  and  returned  to  the  United  States. 

In  1 8 17,  after  nine  years  spent  mostly  in  retirement,  he  conceived  and 
planned  a  voyage  to  the  Eastern  World.  About  this  time  Spain,  passing  the 
zenith  of  her  glory,  was  rapidly  losing  control  over  her  vast  and  wealthy  South 
American  States,  and  was  finally  obliged  to  open  her  possessions  in  Asiatic 
Seas  to  foreign  trade.  Already  cut  off  as  she  was  in  her  exclusive  commercial 
career  between  the  Philippine  Islands  and  her  possessions  on  the  west  coast  of 
America,  by  the  breaking  up  of  the  old  and  wealthy  Philippine  Trading 
Company,  at  one  time  wielding  a  capital  of  $12,000,000,  she  declared  Ma- 
nilla, the  only  port  of  entry  in  the  Philippines,  open  and  free  to  foreign  com- 
merce of  all  nations. 

Anticipating  such  an  event,  he  made  up  an  adventure  in  the  interest  of 
his  friends,  Hoyt  &  Tom  and  others ;  and  after  rebuilding  his  old  ship,  Citizen, 
he  once  more  took  command  of  her  as  Captain  and  Supercargo,  and  with 
ample  means  in  Spanish  dollars  sailed  for  Manilla.  The  voyage  was  not 
publicly  known  until  many  months  after  his  departure  from  New  York.     At 

9 


io6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Manilla  he  met  with  the  Ship  Ladoga,  of  Boston.  These  two  ships  were  the 
first  American  vessels  that  loaded  at  that  port  on  the  opening  of  trade  to  foreign 
countries.  Nominally,  the  port  of  Manilla  was  open  to  the  English  in  1809. 
with  such  restrictions,  however,  that,  meanwhile,  no  trade  of  any  note  could  be 
carried  on,  and  no  resident  Consul  was  recognized. 

The  Citizen  was  loaded  chiefly  with  sugars  and  indigo  at  a  low  cost 
Having  surplus  funds,  he  chartered  and  also  loaded  a  French  ship  with  similar 
goods  and  sent  her  to  Hamburg.  Meanwhile  he  proceeded  in  his  own  ship 
to  New  York,  where  he  arrived  in  May,  1 8 18.  Although  he  had  invested 
100,000  Spanish  dollars  in  loading  the  Citizen  and  the  French  ship  for  Ham- 
burg, the  result  of  both  voyages  was  only  a  moderate  return  for  the  risk 
involved,  owing  to  the  demoralized  state  of  trade  throughout  Europe  and  the 
United  States. 

Retaining  his  interest  in  the  Citizen,  she  was  dispatched  again  to  Manilla 
in  the  spring  of  1 8 19,  under  the  command  of  Captain  Loring,  with  Captain 
Hubbell's  son,  Greorge  William,  then  twenty-three  years  of  age,  on  board  as 
Supercargo  in  charge  of  the  business  of  the  ship.  She  loaded  at  Manilla  for 
Hamburg,  where  she  arrived  in  May,  1820.  His  son,  after  dispatching  the 
ship  from  Hamburg  back  to  Manilla,  in  charge  of  Captain  Loring,  as  Mas- 
ter and  Supercargo,  returned  to  New  York,  where  he  arrived  in  February, 
1821. 

Captain  Hubbell  continued  to  reside  at  his  Connecticut  home  from  the 
spring  of  1818  until  1 82 1,  when  he  embarked  in  the  Ship  Ajax,  a  new  vessel 
in  which  he  was  interested,  and  the  building  of  which  he  superintended.  His 
X\\o  sons,  George  William  and  Henry  Wilson,  the  former  twenty-five  and  the 
latter  sixteen  years  of  age,  were  passengers  on  this  voyage,  and  had  in  view 
the  establishing  of  a  mercantile  house  in  Manilla.*  The  Ajax  sailed  from  New 
York,  April  21,  1 821,  and  arrived  at  Manilla  the  following  August,  after  120 
days'  passage.  She  loaded  and  returned  to  New  York,  where  she  arrived  in 
May,  1822.  He  left  his  two  sons  at  Manilla  permanently  settled  for  a  general 
business,  the  younger  in  the  capacity  of  clerk.  During  the  year  they  prepared 
a  cargo  for  the  Ajax  against  her  return  as  a  regular  trader  in  the  Monsoon 
season.  Captain  Hubbell  made  four  voyages  in  the  Ajax,  taking  out  valuable 
investments  of  English  and  French  manufactures  adapted  to  the  wants  of 
those  people.  The  Ajax  was  finally  sold,  and  within  four  months  afterwards, 
in  August,  1825,  foundered  in  crossing  the  Atlantic  on  a  voyage  to  England. 

In  June,  1825,  he  took  command  of  the  3hip  Sabina,  and  proceeded  to 
Manilla,  where  she  loaded  and  arrived  home  April  22,  1826,  his  son,  Henr>' 
Wilson,  returning  with  him,  after  an  absence  of  five  years. 


*  Sec  Biographical  Sketches  of  George  William  aud  Henry  Wilson  Hubbell,  pp.  126  to  147,  induaife. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  107 

On  December  26th,  1826,  he  sailed  on  a  voyage  in  the  Ship  Sabina  to 
Rio  Janeiro  and  Valparaiso  (where  he  landed  under  very  different  circumstances 
from  those  encountered  on  his  former  visit  to  Chili  in  the  year  1800),  thence  to 
Lima  and  Payta  in  Peru;  Guayaquil  in  Ecuador;  thence  to  the  Sandwich 
Islands  (which  he  also  visited  in  1801),  and  thence  to  Manilla.  At  the  latter 
place  he  loaded  his  ship  from  proceeds  of  treasure  which  was  taken  over  in  the 
ship  from  Lima ;  together  with  returns  from  cocoa  shipped  at  Guayaquil,  and 
sandalwood  from  the  Sandwich  Islands.  After  an  absence  of  fifteen  months 
and  eighteen  days,  he  arrived  at  New  York,  April  14th,  1828,  in  a  passage  of 
one  hundred  and  eighteen  days  from  Manilla.*  His  son,  Henry  Wilson,  in  the 
capacity  of  Supercargo,  was  with  him  throughout  the  voyage. 

He  now  withdrew  from  his  nautical  profession  and  mercantile  adventures, 
and  passed  the  remainder  of  his  days  at  his  pleasant  home  in  Connecticut,  the 
main  building  of  which  he  erected  in  1797.  During  the  last  five  years  of  his 
life,  as  one  of  the  incorporators  of  the  Connecticut  Bank  at  Bridgeport,  he 
found  employment  in  organizing  and  looking  after  the  interests  of  the  bank, 
which  was  successful  under  his  administration  as  president.  The  immediate 
cause  of  his  death  was  a  severe  cold  which  he  took  in  the  Highlands,  while 
looking  after  the  remnants  of  his  old  timber  estates.  He  was  ill  but  a  few 
days,  and  died  April  ist,  1834. 

The  subject  of  our  sketch  was  possessed  of  noble  impulses.  He  was  be- 
nevolent and  kind  to  all  under  his  command.  In  his  private  relations  he  was 
courteous  and  genial.  Unselfish  in  prosperity,  he  was  unchanged  in  adversity. 
A  large  heart  endeared  him  to  many  friends,  and  his  death  was  lamented  by 
all  who  knew  him.  He  was  a  member  of  the  First  Congregational  Church  in 
Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  to  which  he  was  strongly  attached. 

The  following  inscription  is  from  a  tablet  erected  by  his  son,  Henry  Wil- 
son Hubbell,  to  his  memory  in  the  church  of  which  he  was  a  member.  His 
remains  repose  in  the  Bridgeport  Cemetery. 

"  EZEKIEL  HUBBELL, 

Died  April  Ist.  1834, 

aged  65  years. 

Also  hia  two  sons, 

ANSON  EZEKIEL, 

Who  died  at  sea 

on  liLs  passage  from  England 

To  the  East  Indies, 

August  4th,  1829,  aged  23  years. 

And 

GEORGE  WILLIAM, 

who  died  at  Manilla, 

Philippine  Islands, 

May  3d,  1831,  aged  35  years." 

•  This  was  Captain  Hubbell's  last  voyngc.    During  his  seafaring  life  he  sailed  :{GO,000  miles. 


io8  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

GIDEON  SUMMERS  HUBBELL,  of  Easton,  Connecticut  (formerly 
Huntington),  son  of  Matthew  Hubbell  and  Abigail  Burton,  was  born  in  Hunt- 
ington, Fairfield  County,  Colony  of  Connecticut,  July  3d,  1768. 

He  moved  to  Ohio,  and  died  there  in  1842. 

'^  Know  all  men  By  these  presents,  that  I,  Henry  S.  Bradford,  of  Huntington,  in  the  Countj 
of  Fairfield  and  State  of  Connecticut,  for  the  Consideration  of  twenty  pounds.  Lawful!  money, 
Received  to  my  full  Satisfaction  of  Gideon  8.  Hubbell,  of  Huntington  aforesaid,  Do  Give,  Grant, 
Bargain,  Sell,  Convay  and  Confirm  unto  him.  the  said  Gideon  8.  Hubbell,  a  Certain  Tract  of  Land 
Being  in  S'd  Huntington  and  Situate  in  a  place  called  Stepney,  Containing  five  Acors,  Be  The 
Same  more  or  less  bounded  west  on  Matthew  Hubbell,  his  land  North  on  hiway.  And  East  on 
hiway  South  on  my  own  land,  Beginning  at  a  heap  of  Stones  in  the  Comer  of  the  fence,  thence 
running,  as  the  fence  Runs,  to  the  northwest  Comer  of  my  medors,  Thence  South  to  a  rock  with 
Stones  on  it  jest  over  a  Spring,  then  mnning  westerly  to  A  Stone  wall,  thens  running  west  as  the 
wall  Runs  to  a  heap  of  Stones,  to  have  and  to  hold  The  above  granted  and  Bargained  premises, 
with  the  Appurtenances  thereof,  unto  him,  the  S'd  Gideon  S.  Hubbell,  his  heirs  and  Assigns  for 
ever,  to  his  and  their  own  proper  use  and  behoof;  and  also  I,  the  S'd  Henry  S.  Bradford,  Do  for 
my  Self  and  Heirs,  Executors  and  Administrators,  C/Ovenant  with  the  S'd  Gideon  S.  Hubbell,  his 
heirs  and  Assigns,  That  at  and  until  the  ensealing  these  Presents  I  am  well  Seased  of  the  premises 
As  a  good  indefeasibel  Estate  in  fee  simple,  and  have  good  right  to  bargain  and  sell  the  Same  in 
maner  and  form  as  is  above  written,  and  that  the  Same  is  free  of  All  Incumbrance  whatsoever ; 
and  furthermore,  I,  the  S'd  Henry  S.  Bradford,  do  By  these  presents  Bind  myself  and  my  heirs 
forever,  to  warrant  And  Defend  the  within  Granted  and  bargained  Premises  to  him,  the  S'd  Gideon 
S.  Hubbell,  his  Heirs  and  Assigns,  against  all  Claims  and  Demands  whatsoever,  in  witness  whereof 
1  Have  hereunto  Set  my  Hand  and  Seal  the  21  day  of  february,  A.  D.  1793. 

Henry  Bradford.        [seal.] 
Signed,  sealed,  and 
delivered  In  presence  of 
Priscilla  Silliman, 
Deodate  Silliman, 

fairficld  County,  town  of  Huntington, 

february  21,  A.  D.  1793. 

personally  appeared  Henry  S.  Bradford,  Signer  and  sealer  of  the  foregoing  Instrument, 
And  acknowledged  the  same  to  be  his  act  and  Deed  before  me. 

Deodate  Siiximan,  Justice  of  the  Peace."* 


"OBITUARY. 

Died  January  2oth,  1842,  at  the  residence  of  his  son-in-law,  in  Bloomfield,  Knox  County, 
Ohio,  Ciideon  S.  Hubbell,  in  the  74th  year  of  his  age.  He  was  a  man  of  blameless  character; 
long  known  as  a  iterson  of  temperate  and  industrious  habits;  economical  in  his  life,  and  strictly 
pious  in  iiis  walk  and  conversation.  For  more  than  twenty  years  he  was  an  exemplary  member  of 
the  Methodist  Episcopal  Church. 

Having  stored  his  mind  in  early  life  with  useful  knowledge,  he  ¥ras  well  prepared  to  beguile 
the  passing  hour  by  the  narration  of  the  events  of  other  years,  an  employment  in  which  he  took 
great  delight. 

His  death  was  as  triumphant  as  his  life  had  been  useful.    He  was  taken  on  Monday  with 

•  Copied  by  Mrs.  Elisabeth  Cathariue  Hubbell,  from  the  original  in  possession  of  his  son,  Harrej  Hubbell,  of 
Ix>ng  Hill,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBS  ELL  FAMILY.  109 

an  obstinate  constipation,  attended  with  incessant  pain  for  about  four  hours,  which  he  bore  with 
unusual  fortitude  and  Christian  patience.  His  pain  then  measurably  subsided,  and  left  him  with 
the  use  of  all  the  faculties  of  his  mind.  From  this  time  till  his  death  he  spoke  with  great  calm- 
ness about  his  departure.  When  his  son,  Zalmon  Hubbell,  who  had  come  from  the  State  of  New 
York,  asked  liim,  "  If  he  loved  Jesus/'  he  exclaimed,  "  O,  yes  1  he  is  altogether  lovely."  Shortly 
afterwards  he  closed  his  eyes  in  death  without  a  struggle,  only  surviving  the  attack  about  twenty- 
three  hours. 

(Signed)        W.  C.  Clark. 

BUxmfidd,  0.,  February  17,  1842." 


SULLIVAN  DAVIS  HUBBELL,  of  Hector,  Schuyler  County,  New 
York,  son  of  John  Hubbell  and  Phebe  Davis,  was  born  May  3,  1769,  in  New 
York  State. 

Having  been  trained  to  rely  solely  on  himself  in  early  life,  he  ever  mani- 
fested those  strong  traits  of  self-reliance  and  industry  that  had  been  instilled 
into  his  youthful  training,  and  which  nerved  him  with  strength  to  surmount 
all  obstacles. 

In  1806  he  shouldered  his  well-filled  travelling  bag,  and  started  for  what 
was  then  called  the  "  Lake  Country,"  making  the  journey  on  foot,  to  the  head 
of  Cayuga  Lake,  where  the  village  of  Ithaca,  Tompkins  County,  N.  Y.,  now 
stands.  Here  he  made  the  acquaintance  of  a  man  who  had  unimproved  land 
to  sell,  and  bought  one  hundred  acres,  where  Hector,  Schuyler  County,  N.  Y., 
now  is,  for  three  hundred  dollars,  after  which  he  returned  to  Providence, 
Saratoga  County,  N.  Y.,  for  his  family,  and  started  in  August,  1807,  ^J^h  his 
wife  and  eight  children,  and  all  his  household  goods,  in  two  wagons,  each 
drawn  by  a  yoke  of  oxen.  They  drove  two  cows  before  them,  from  which  to 
obtain  milk,  camped  where  night  overtook  them,  and  arrived  at  what  is  now 
Ithaca,  in  about  four  weeks ;  from  there  he  and  his  family  had  to  travel  fifteen 
miles  in  order  to  reach  their  new  home,  accomplishing  the  distance  in  two 
days. 

On  arriving  at  their  destination,  they  were  sheltered  by  the  nearest  neigh- 
bor until  Mr.  Hubbell  built  a  log  cabin,  into  which  he  moved  his  family  two 
weeks  after  their  arrival. 

Exchanging  one  yoke  of  oxen  and  a  wagon  for  meat  and  grain  for  the 
family,  he  bent  the  combined  forces  of  an  iron  will  and  a  physical  constitution 
which  seemed  never  to  tire,  to  carving  out  a  home  in  the  forest  which  sur- 
rounded him  on  every  side  ;  and  when  the  first  year  was  drawing  to  a  close, 
he  had  cleared  and  fenced  twenty  acres  and  sown  it  with  wheat. 

As  the  country  was  being  rapidly  settled,  he  engaged  in  speculating  in 
wild  lands,  buying  largely  from  the  original  owners,  or  those  who  had  drawn 
land  from  the  Government  for  services  rendered  in  the  Revolution.     He  prob- 


no  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

ably  owned  during  his  life  more  acres  of  land  in  the  town  of  Hector  than  any 
other  man  who  ever  lived  there, 

He  was  a  man  of  keen  perceptions  and  almost  unfailing  judgment;  and 
until  the  infirmities  of  age  compelled  him  to  retire,  was  one  of  the  most  prom- 
inent men  of  the  county  in  which  he  lived. 

In  September,  1812,  he  enlisted  in  the  service  of  the  United  States,  and 
marched  to  the  Canadian  frontier,  where  his  business  qualifications  soon 
attracted  the  attention  of  the  Commanding  General,  and  he  was  at  once  com- 
missioned to  purchase  supplies  for  the  army,  and  continued  to  act  in  that 
capacity  until  his  return  home  in  18 14. 

He  was  above  the  average  height  and  very  muscular,  had  a  powerful  con- 
stitution, and  would  labor  unceasingly  from  daylight  until  dark,  apparently 
without  fatigue. 

He  was  charitable  to  a  fault,  freely  gave  of  his  abundance  to  all  who 
sought  relief  at  his  hands,  and  was  never  known  to  turn  an  applicant  for  food  or 
work  from  his  door. 

He  was  elected  to  the  various  offices  in  the  gift  of  the  people  of  the 
town  in  which  he  resided,  and  all  trusts  committed  to  him  were  discharged  to 
the  entire  satisfaction  of  his  constituents  and  his  own  honor;  and  his  descend- 
ants look  upon  his  public  and  private  life  as  one  they  may  well  strive  to 
emulate. 

He  died  August  28,  1843;  and  his  memory  is  cherished  by  all  who 
knew  him  as  an  honest,  charitable,  religious  man,  and  one  of  the  noblest  men 
that  ever  lived  within  the  boundaries  of  Tompkins  or  Schuyler  counties. 

The  fine  homestead,  consisting  of  four  hundred  acres,  which  he  carved  out 
of  the  dense  forest,  has,  since  his  death,  been  owned  by  his  descendants,  and 
at  present  (1881)  fifty  acres  (where  the  buildings  and  orchard  were),  are 
owned  by  his  grand-daughter,  Maxamilla  Reynolds,  the  balance  by  her  brother, 
Oliver  C.  Hubbell,  and  by  the  family  of  Charles  W.  Rathbun,  a  nephew. 


SILAS  HUBBELL,  of  Montgomery,  Hampden  County,  Massachusetts, 
son  of  Captain  Silas  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Edmond,  was  born  in  Newtown, 
Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  February  22,  1772. 

He  spent  the  first  thirty  years  of  his  life  in  Connecticut,  Massachusetts, 
and  New  York,  engaged  in  farming,  coopering,  and  in  the  lumber  business, 
taking  rafts  of  timber  down  the  Delaware  and  Susquehanna  rivers. 

The  remaining  fifty-four  years  of  his  life  were  spent  practising  medicine, 
and  collecting  what  he  could  from  the  rich,  so  that  he  might  spend  his  time 
and  money  freely  among  the  poor,  afflicted,  and  distressed. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  iii 

He  was  a  very  active,  energetic  man,  and  departed  from  this  life  in  New 
Haven,  Connecticut,  May  31st,  1856,  passing  calmly  and  serenely  to  his  reward. 


JONATHAN  HUBBELL,  of  Nankin,  Wayne  County,  Michigan,  son  of 
John  Hubbell  and  Eleanor  Burr,  was  born  in  Greenfield,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut,  May  15th,  1772. 

While  very  young  he  was  apprenticed  to  a  boot  and  shoe  manufacturer, 
and  acquired  a  good  practical  education  by  attending  evening  schools  during 
his  apprenticeship.  After  serving  the  usual  time  he  engaged  in  the  business 
which  was  connected  with  a  tanning  establishment. 

While  residing  in  Bethlehem,  Connecticut,  in  1808,  he  became  a  member 
of  the  Masonic  fraternity  (Solomon's  Chapter),  and  in  1820  removed,  with  his 
family,  to  Washington  (village  of  Little  Rest),  Dutchess  County,  New  York. 
In  1822  he  moved  to  Monroe  County,  New  York  (town  of  Perrington  j,  making 
part  of  the  journey  on  the  Erie  Canal.  Here  he  engaged  in  farming  until  1834, 
when  he  emigrated  to  Nankin,  Wayne  County,  Michigan,  where  he  died  in 
August,  1852. 


JAMES  HUBBELL,  of  Bennington,  Bennington  County,  Vermont.  Son 
of  Elnathan  Hubbell  and  Isabella  Breakenridge,  was  born  in  Bennington,  Oc- 
tober 17th,  1775. 

He  was  admitted  to  the  Bar  in  December,  1806. 

Resided  in  New  York  City  for  many  years,  where  he  held  the  office  of 
Magistrate  under  De  Witt  Clinton,  which  gave  him  much  active  and  responsi- 
ble employment.  He  afterwards  returned  to  Bennington,  and  died  there 
April  24th,  1840. 


ISAAC  HUBBELL.  of  Huntington,  "  Upper  White  Hills,"  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  son  of  John  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Curtis,  was  born  in 
Huntington,  Connecticut,  February  5th,  1782. 

He  was  a  planter,  and  died  in  his  native  town,  February  2d,  1835, 
regretted  by  a  large  circle  of  friends  and  relations. 


WILSON  HUBBELL,  of  Newfield,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of 
Amos  Hubbell  and  Catharine  Wilson,  was  born  in  what  is  now  Bridgeport, 
Connecticut,  April  7th,  1773. 

Captain  Hubbell  followed  his  father's  calling ;  made  many  successful  voy- 
ages to  the  West  Indies,  and  was  the  owner  or  part  owner  of  several  vessels. 


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112  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAiULY. 

He  was  married  \n  1797  to  Pamela,  daughter  of  John  Hubbell,  of  Greenfield. 
Connecticut. 

In  1799,  while  France  and  the  United  States  were  at  war.  Captain  Hubbell 
and  his  sloop  Delight  were  captured  by  a  French  Pri\-ateer,  while  on  a  vc^-age 
from  Xewfield  to  Ha\'ana,  Cuba,  via  New  Pro\idence. 

The  Captain  of  the  pri\'ateer  placed  his  first  mate  in  command  of  the 
Delight  after  the  capture,  with  orders  to  carry  her  and  her  crew  to  France, 
placing  on  board  two  French  seamen,  and  taking  two  of  Captain  Hubbell's  men 
with  him  as  prisoners,  he  returned  to  his  vessel,  and  ii-as  soon  lost  to  \new  in 
the  distance. 

On  the  afternoon  of  the  third  day  after  the  capture,  the  French  mate  or- 
dered William  Cable,  Captain  Hubbell's  first  mate,  to  the  helm,  and  lea\'ing 
Captain  Hubbell  guarded  by  the  t^'o  French  seamen,  entered  the  cabin  and 
taking  off  his  sword  and  pistols  went  to  sleep. 

Although  Captain  Hubbell  was  closely  watched  by  his  guards,  he  man- 
aged  to  elude  their  vigilance  and  enter  the  cabin  where  the  French  mate  \i'as 
slec*ping.  After  securing  his  hands  with  handcuffs,  which  he  always  kept  in  a 
private  drawer,  he  took  possession  of  his  sword  and  pistols,  and  also  took  fi'om 
the  mate's  person  the  gold,  and  his  own  watch  and  chain  of  which  he  had  been 
robbed ;  and  after  securely  fastening  the  cabin  door,  left  him  still  asleep. 

By  his  superior  strength  and  agility  he  overpowered  the  two  French  sea- 
men, who  in  the  meanwhile  had  been  in  search  of  him,  and  with  the  assistance 
of  William  Cable,  who  had  been  at  the  helm,  bound  them. 

Those  who  had  been  his  guards  were  now  his  prisoners.  After  bidding 
William  Cable  release  Josiah  Burr,  the  cook,  who  had  been  imprisoned  in  the 
hold  of  the  sloop,  he  armed  each  with  the  knives  and  pistols  taken  from  the  t\vo 
French  seamen,  being  himself  armed  with  the  sword  and  pistols  he  had  taken 
from  the  sleeping  mate ;  and  feeling  that  he  was  again  Captain  of  the  Deliglit, 
turned  her  prow  towards  home. 

Towards  sundown  Captain  Hubbell  released  the  French  mate  from  the 
cabin,  and  as  he  promised  not  to  give  them  any  trouble,  also  relieved  him  of 
the  handcuffs. 

Being  pleased  with  his  affable  manners,  he  invited  him  to  supper,  an  in- 
vitation accepted  with  many  expressions  of  gratitude. 

After  supper  Captain  Hubbell,  while  walking  the  deck  engaged  in  conver- 
sation with  the  Frenchman,  took  out  his  segar  case  and  offered  his  prisoner  a 
segar,  which  was  accepted.  After  some  further  conversation  the  Captain  seated 
himself  on  the  leeward  quarter  rail,  in  the  meanwhile  smoking,  talking,  and 
admiring  the  beauties  of  moonlight  on  the  ocean.  The  French  mate,  who 
stood -beside  him,  accidentally  dropped  his  segar,  stooped  and  picked  it  up,  and 
r  some  further  conversation,  dropped  it  again,  this  time  directly  between 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  113 

Captain  Hubbell's  feet.  Stooping,  as  if  to  pick  it  up,  he  caught  Captain  Hub- 
bell  by  the  ankles,  and  before  he  could  resist  threw  him  overboard. 

The  sea  at  the  time  was  calm,  and  as  the  Captain  was  an  excellent  swim- 
mer, he  swam  for  some  distance  after  his  ship,  begging  the  obdurate  Frenchman 
to  spare  his  life.  Deaf  to  all  entreaties,  this  iron-hearted  man  allowed  Captain 
Hubbell  to  perish  in  the  waves.  Thus  ended  the  life  of  a  young  man  who  was 
the  idol  of  his  family  and  friends.  Among  the  epitaphs  in  this  work  will  be 
found  a  copy  of  the  one  inscribed  on  the  stone  erected  to  his  memory,  in  the 
old  Stratfield  Burying  Ground,  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut  (see  page  82). 

It  appears,  from  the  records,  that  Wilson  Hubbell's  Sloop,  Delight,  Captain 
Powell  in  command,  was  captured  September  6,  1796,  and  again  in  March  or 
April,  1799,  on  which  occasion  he  was  in  command  and  was  thrown  overboard. 

"No.  14.— Sloop  DdighU  Registered  December  28,  1798  (from  1798  to  1801).  Owned  by 
Wilson  Hubbell.  Master,  Ezra  Hubbell,  Mariner,  of  Newfield,  Town  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut    Begister  detained  aboard,  as  per  abstract,  30  September,  1800,  the  quarter. 

I,  William  Cable,  of  Fairfield,  heretofore  mate  of  the  Sloop  Delight,  of  Newfield,  which 
vessel  was  captured  by  a  French  Privateer  on  her  passage  to  the  Havanna ;  and  the  Master  of  said 
Sloop,  Wilson  Hubbell,  having  been  hove  overboard  by  the  enemy  and  drowned,  I,  the  said 
William  Cable,  do  solemnly  swear  that  the  Certificate  Register,  which  was  granted  to  the  said 
Sloop  by  the  Collector  of  the  District  of  Fairfield,  was,  as  I  verily  believe,  detained  aboard  by 
force ;  and  that  if  ever  said  Certificate  shall  be  within  my  power,  it  shall  be  delivered  up  to  the 
Collector  of  the  Customs  for  the  District  aforesaid,  so  help  me  God. 

William  Cable."  ♦ 


ASA  HUBBELL,  of  Amenia,  Dutchess  County,  New  York,  grandson 
of  Captain  Comfort  Hubbell,  and  son  of  Lewis  Hubbell  and  Hannah  Hale, 
was  born  in  Derby,  Connecticut,  December  30,  1783. 

His  father  was  a  soldier  of  the  Revolution — was  conspicuous  for  his  bra- 
very in  many  battles,  in  one  of  which  he  was  severely  wounded. 

Asa  Hubbell  was  a  man  of  unblemished  character,  great  natural  strength 
of  mind,  earnestness  of  conviction,  and  untiring  industry. 

When  a  boy,  but  twelve  years  of  age,  he  left  his  father's  home  and  went 
forth  into  the  world  to  earn  his  own  support,  with  a  strong,  ruddy,  vigorous 
physical  organization,  as  his  only  competence,  and  an  unsullied  name  as  his 
only  inheritance. 

Though  so  young  in  years,  his  frank,  boyish  spirit  did  not  in  the  least 
shrink  from  the  trying  ordeal  that  he  was  about  to  pass  through,  as  friendless 
and  alone,  with  his  little  bundle  in  his  hand,  he  bade  good-bye  to  his  boyish 


*  From  Records  in  possenion  of  Mrs.  £.  L.  Huntington,  of  Fairfield,  Connacticut 

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114  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

associates  and  friends,  and  stepped  forth  into  the  wide  world,  a  child  in  years, 
but  a  man  in  spirit,  will  and  resolution. 

Through  his  brief  school-days  in  childhood,  his  apprenticeship  in  boy- 
hood, and  his  indomitable  industry  in  manhood,  he  was  always  an  unflinching 
votary  of  labor ;  active,  earnest,  honest  labor ;  always  a  worker  in  whatever 
calling  or  pursuit  he  was  engaged,  whether  as  an  inventor  of  some  handicraft 
of  mechanism,  or  as  manufacturer  of  some  ponderous  implement  of  husbandry, 
or  as  farmer,  superintending  "  the  seed  time  and  harvest  of  the  soil,"  he  was 
ever  the  same  industrious  worker — ^the  same  successful  and  prosperous  citizen. 

Not  that  he  accumulated  great  wealth — not  that  he  evolved  any  world- 
famous  invention  from  his  teeming  brain — not  that  he  wooed  or  even  coveted 
popularity  or  fame — 

^  That  Toice  alone 
That  ever  lives  upon  the  noisj  tongues  of  men,^ 

but  that  he  worked  heroically  on,  devotedly  loved  by  an  unselfish,  noble- 
hearted  wife  and  mother,  respected  and  revered  by  his  sons  and  daughters,  and 
honored  and  esteemed  by  his  life-long  neighbors  and  friends. 

For  the  more  than  fifty  years  that  he  went  out  and  came  in — that  he 
summered  and  wintered  with  the  same  circle  of  friends  and  acquaintances — 
not  a  taint  of  dishonesty  to  a  fellow-man  or  woman,  or  tJiild,  ever  cast  a 
shadow  on  his  good  name. 

His  chief  recreations  were  with  the  fishing  rod — the  trout-net  for  brooks, 
the  seine-net  for  rivers,  and  the  pigeon-net  for  the  woods.  That  he  was  suc- 
cessful with  either  and  all,  is  a  fact  no  acquaintance  of  his  will  for  a  moment 
dispute. 

He  was  exceedingly  fond  of  poetry.  "  Pollock's  Course  of  Time," 
"  Young's  Night  Thoughts,"  "  Thomson's  Seasons,"  and  *'  Milton's  Paradise 
Lost,"  were  his  great  and  well-thumbed  favorites.     Byron  laconically  says : 

"  Many  are  poets  who  have  never  penned 
Their  inspirations,  and  perchance  the  best  ;'* 

and  it  may  with  truthfulness  be  added,  that  many  a  soul  attuned  to  the  rythmic 
melodies  of  nature,  that  loves  the  euphonic  songs  of  the  trees  and  birds  and 
flowers,  that  hears  the  symphonies  of  archangelic  songs  in  the  balmy  breeze 
or  murmuring  zephyr,  or  weird  waitings  of  the  damned  in  the  howling  winds 
and  the  mighty  tempests — and  yet  are  they  so  bound  in  the  green  withes  of 
toil  and  labor,  that  the  winged  wanderers  of  fancy  die  ere  they  find  utterance. 
So  with  the  subject  of  this  sketch.  He  rarely  penned  the  imageries  of 
poetic  inspiration  that  fluttered  their  rainbow  pinions  through  his  teeming 
brain,  yet  his  soul  was  imbued  with  the  very  essence  and  spirit  of  poesy. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  115 

Many  a  poetic  gem,  gleaming  with  the  fire  of  genius  and  flashing  with  the 
corruscations  of  inspiration,  has  the  writer*  seen  when  a  boy,  lying  here  and 
there,  in  the  work-shop  or  in  the  house,  written  in  the  same  bold  manly  style 
that  characterized  his  writing. 

That  they,  were  not  preserved  is  to  be  regretted ;  that  the  writer  did  not 
write  more  is  lamentable. 

The  only  verses  (except  some  of  an  entirely  local  character,  that  were 
written  at  the  age  of  82)  that  have  been  preserved,  are  the  following,  which 
appeared  some  forty  years  since  in  a  local  paper,  as  an  advertisement  of  one 
portion  of  his  business : 

"TO  THE  FARMERS. 

Ye  bone  and  sinew  of  the  land. 

Forever  famed  in  song  and  story ; 
Ye  rocks  whereon  joar  country  stands, 

Firm  pillars  of  jour  nation's  glory ; 
Yon  ripening  grass,  whose  nodding  plumes. 

Like  emerald  crests  of  Knights  of  Old ; 
With  thymy  breath  and  sweet  perfume. 

Ask  you  to  reap  their  wealth  of  gold ; 
Ask,  when  you  glean  that  you  shall  take 
"A.  Hubbell's"  best  Revolyino  Rake. 

Untrammelled  by  the  cry,  "  hard  times  "-^ 

Uncorsetted  by  bank  dependence, 
The  honest  farmer  slowly  climbs 

The  lofty  hill  of  independence ; 
There  seated  on  its  summit's  brow. 

In  deep  and  pleasing  contemplation, 
Points  to  "  A.  Hubbell's"  Rake  and  Plough 

As  stepstones  to  his  elevation ; 
As  stepstones  to  his  wealth  untold 
And  ruddy  health,  worth  more  than  gold. 

The  undersigned  this  method  takes 

(Anticipating  your  perusal) 
To  say  the  best  Revolviko  Rakes 

Are  made  and  sold  by  him  as  usual. 


Amenia,  N,  F.,  1838." 


Asa  HuBBELt. 


For  a  number  of  years  previous  to  the  year  1845  he  had  discovered  Upon 
his  farm  in  Amenia,  N.  Y.,  indications  of  an  iron  mine,  and  in  that  year  he 
opened  a  vein  of  ore,  from  which  he  mined  some  thousands  of  tons,  but  owing 
to  the  depression  of  the  iron  interests  of  this  country  at  that  time,  he  could 
see  but  little  pecuniary  gain  in  prosecuting  the  enterprise.     Some  few  years 


•  nts  ton.  Wniiam  Lafayette  Hubbell,  of  New  York  City,  New  York,  also  a  poet  and  InTcntor. 


ii6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

later,  however,  he  sold  his  farm,  including  the  mine,  to  some  wealthy  and 
enterprising  capitalists,  who,  entering  vigorously  into  the  business,  mined  and 
sold  hundreds  of  thousands  of  tons  of  ore  at  a  great  profit ;  and  the  mine 
was  sold  a  few  years  ago  for  ^350,000. 

From  that  period  until  he  died  su(ldenly  with  heart  disease,  in  1868,  at 
the  ripe  age  of  85  years,  he  lived  with  his  children,  possessing  his  mental  and 
physical  powers  and  activity  up  to  the  very  hour  of  his  death,  and  retaining 
his  hold  upon  the  admiration  and  esteem  of  all  who  knew  him  to  the  end. 

*'  It  is  an  awfiil  thing  to  die, 

Bnt  that  dread  path  once  trod, 
Heaven  lifts  its  everlasting  portals  high, 
And  bids  the  pure  in  heart  behold  their  God." 


JOHNSON  HUBBELL,  of  Erie,  Erie  county,  Pennsylvania,  bom  Octo- 
ber 19,  1785,  in  Lanesborough,  Massachusetts,  was  the  eldest  son  of  Hickok 
Hubbell,  of  the  same  town.  He  was  designed  by  his  parents  for  the  ministry, 
and  was  sent  to  Williamstown  College  to  complete  his  studies.  His  physical 
strength  was  not  sufficient  to  sustain  his  energy  and  ambition,  and  by  too 
close  application  his  health  gave  way,  and  he  was  obliged  to  abandon  his 
long-cherished  hope  of  becoming  a  minister,  and  became  a  merchant.  In 
July,  18 1 8.  he  married  Miss  Betsey  Leonard,  and  moved  from  his  native  city 
to  Troy,  New  York,  where  he  went  into  the  drug  business,  in  which  he  con- 
tinued until  declining  health  compelled  him  to  retire  from  an  active  life. 
His  youngest  daughter,  Frances  Adelia,  having  married  N.  W.  Russell,  of 
Erie,  Pennsylvania,  he  moved,  at  their  solicitation,  to  that  city.  While  living 
there  he  went  to  Monroeville,  Ohio,  to  visit  his  brother,  Deodatus,  and  died 
at  his  house  a  week  after  his  arrival.  He  was  a  man  of  thorough  integrity  of 
character,  a  gentleman  and  a  scholar;  faithful  in  all  the  relations  of  life,  a 
sincere  Christian,  and  died  as  he  had  lived,  at  peace  with  all. 

Few  outside  of  his  family  knew  the  great  cross  he  bore  in  not  being  able 
to  finish  his  studies.  Although  he  had  marked  out  great  things  for  himself  in 
life,  He  who  knows  the  beginning  and  the  end  planned  otherwise ;  it  is  worthy 
of  mention  that  he  read  the  Scriptures  daily  in  Greek,  not  a  rare  accomplish- 
ment in  these  days  of  universal  education,  but  rather  an  exceptional  practice 
in  his  day. 

Noble  and  generous  in  his  disposition,  he  always  contributed  to  the  ex- 
tent of  his  ability  towards  the  Church,  and  at  his  death  the  poor  lost  a  sincere 
friend. 

He  leaves  an  untarnished  name  the  only  legacy  to  his  children.  His 
eldest  daughter,  Elizabeth  Formosa  Josepha  Ann  Hubbell,  still  survives. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  117 

JULIUS  C^SAR  HUBBELL,  of  Chazy,  Clinton  County,  New  York, 
son  of  Wolcott  Hubbell  and  Mary  Curtis,  was  born  April  17,  1787,  in  Lanes- 
borough,  Massachusetts. 

Mr.  Hubbell  became  a  member  of  the  Bar  in  1823,  as  is  shown  by  the 
following  diploma : 

"By  The  Honorable 
JOHN  SAVAGE,  Esq., 
[State  Seal.]  Chief  Justice 

of  the 
State  of  New  York. 

To  all  to' whom  these  presents  shall  oome,  greeting: 

Know  ye,  That  Julius  C.  Hubbell,  having  been  duly  examined  and  admitted  as  counsellor 
in  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  State  of  New  York,  in  this  present  term  of  August,  in  the  year  of 
our  Lord  one  thousand  eight  hundred  and  twenty-three,  I  do  hereby  authorize  and  license  the  said 
Julius  C.  Hubbell  to  appear  in  the  said  Court,  and  there  to  practise  as  a  counsellor,  according  to  the 
rules  and  customs  of  the  said  Court  and  the  laws  of  the  State. 

Given  under  my  hand  and  seal  the  fifteenth  day  of  August,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord  one  thou- 
sand eight  hundred  and  twenty-three,  in  the  forty-eighth  year  of  the  independence  of  the  United 
States  of  America. 

[Supreme  Court  Seal.]  (Signed)  John  Savage.'* 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  for  many  years  the  oldest  lawyer  in  the  State  of  New 
York.     He  died  June  9,  1880. 


HEZEKIAH  HUBBELL,  of  Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills,  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  son  of  John  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Curtis,  was  born  in 
Huntington,  Connecticut,  December  25,  1793. 

In  early  life  he  was  a  farmer  and  blacksmith,  and  lived  for  a  time  in 
Pennsylvania,  but  soon  returned  to  his  old  home  in  Connecticut,  where  he  has 
since  resided. 

He  is  now  (1881),  in  his  eighty-eighth  year,  and  still  in  possession  of  all 
his  faculties,  is  very  active,  fond  of  fishing  and  walking,  and  takes  great  pleas- 
ure in  working  in  his  garden. 

He  has  in  his  possession  a  gun  over  six  feet  in  length,  bearing  the  follow- 
ing inscription:  "  Nathan  Hubbell,  1757.  Made  by  Benoni  Hill,  of  Stratford." 
The  last  bear  killed  on  the  "  White  Hills'*  was  shot  with  it. 

Mr.  Hubbell  is  the  patriafch  of  the  "White  Hills."  It  will  interest  mem- 
bers of  the  family  to  know  that  upon  these  hills  (in  the  town  of  Huntington), 
there  are  some  twenty  families  bearing  the  name,  all  descendants  of  Lieutenant 
John  Hubbell,  who  died  near  Albany,  New  York,  in  1690. 


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TRUMAN  MALLORY  HUBBELL,  of  Philadelphia,  Pa.,  son  of  Silas 
Hubbell  and  Mrs.  Hannah  Wheeler  {nee  French),  was  born  in  Montgomery, 
Hampden  County,  Massachusetts,  September  igth,  1788. 

In  1796  he  moved  with  his  parents  to  Unadilla,  State  of  New  York,  where 
he  lived  until  his  mother's  death  in  1 797-8.  After  her  death  he  resided  with 
his  half  brothers,  James  and  Joseph  Wheeler,  on  Partridge  Island  Farm,  at  the 
head  waters  of  the  Delaware  River  (near  Delhi),  Hancock  Township,  New 
York,  where  he  was  engaged  in  the  lumber  business.  Here  the  subject  of  our 
sketch  lived  until  he  was  about  twenty-four  years  of  age.  When  of  age  he 
went  into  the  lumber  and  rafting  business  with  his  half  brother,  William 
Wheeler,  and  always  took  great  pleasure  in  relating  that  he  had  "  steered  rafts 
of  lumber  down  the  river  Delaware  from  Partridge  Island  forty-two  times." 

At  the  time  of  his  residence  in  New  York  State  the  greater  parts  of  the 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  119 

counties  of  Delaware  and  Otsego  were  wilderness,  in  which  deer,  bears,  wolves, 
and  panthers  abounded.  Many  an  hour  has  the  writer  of  this  sketch  listened 
to  the  stories  of  his  revered  grandfather's  adventures  with  these  savage  deni- 
zens of  the  forest.  As  an  off-hand  shot  with  the  rifle,  pistol,  and  shot-gun,  he 
was  unrivalled  in  his  day  and  generation,  and  an  interesting  narrative  might  be 
written  recounting  his  remarkable  skill  in  the  use  of  these  weapons. 

A  long  account  of  his  **  Extraordinary  Wolf  Hunt "  can  be  seen  in  "  The 
Cabinet  of  Natural  History  and  American  Rural  Sports,"  Volume  I,  page  66; 
also  an  account  of  his  *'  Encounter  with  a  Panther"  (same  volume),  page  137. 

In  his  four  days  hunt  after  the  **  three-legged  wolf"  (so  called  because  it 
had  been  maimed  by  a  trap),  and  in  his  celebrated  panther  hunt,  he  was  accom- 
panied by  his  half  brother,  William  Wheeler.  As  the  accounts  are  both  very 
lengthy,  and  are  well  worth  reading,  we  would  advise  all  interested  in  true 
hunting  stories  to  peruse  the  original  narratives  in  the  aforesaid  work,  which  can 
be  seen  in  the  Ridgway  Branch  of  the  Philadelphia  Library  (on  south  Broad 
Street). 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  personally  acquainted  with  James  Fenimore  Cooper,  the 
celebrated  novelist,  was  the  original  *' Deerslayer  "  in  Cooper's  novel  of  that 
name,  became  the  owner  of  the  rifle  "  Killdeer," — mentioned  in  "  Deerslayer  " 
— and  always  took  great  pride  in  relating  how  it  came  into  his  possession, 
which  is  best  described  in  his  own  words.  "  One  day  while  deer  hunting  in 
New  York  State  with  Captain  Addicks,  whose  family  had  been  murdered  by 
the  Mohican  Indians,  and  against  whom  the  captain  had  sworn  vengeance  and 
extermination,  we  came  suddenly  upon  a  solitary  Indian  fishing  from  the  rocks 
in  a  stream.  He  did  not  know  of  our  proximity,  for  we  were  hidden  from  his 
view  by  the  forest  trees  and  bushes  that  grew  on  our  side  of  the  water.  Cap- 
tain Addicks  motioned  to  me  to  remain  silent,  and  then  informed  me  in  a 
whisper  that  the  Indian  we  saw  was  the  last  of  the  Mohicans,  but  that  he 
had  never  shot  one  of  them  without  letting  him  know  and  see  who  fired.  He 
then  broke  a  twig  to  attract  his  attention,  and  drew  a  bead  on  him  with  the  old 
rifle.  The  Indian  looked  up,  and  instantly  recognizing  Addicks,  knew  that  his 
time  had  come  to  enter  the  happy  hunting  grounds,  and  throwing  up  his  arms, 
commenced  his  death  song,  which  was  cut  short  by  a  ball  through  his  heart." 

Captain  Addicks,  who  was  the  original  "  Leatherstocking,(?)"  then  turned 
to  me  and  said,  "Truman,  my  task  is  done,  I  have  kept  my  oath,  and  for  years 
followed  the  murderers  of  my  family,  until  the  last  of  the  Mohicans  has  fallen 
by  my  hand.  I  have  now  no  further  use  for  *  Killdeer,'  and  as  you  are  the  only 
man  worthy  to  use  it,  I  give  it  to  you  and  hope  you  will  always  keep  it." 

Any  one  who  cares  to  take  the  trouble,  can  find,  in  the  personal  descrip- 
tion of  "  Deerslayer,"  an  exact  description  of  the  subject  of  this  sketch.  In 
the  novel,  however,  "  Deerslayer  "  is  said  to  have  received  '*  Killdeer  "  from 
the  hands  of"  Judith." 


I20  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

In  1811  Mr.  Hubbell  rented  the  Chester  Saw  Mills  from  Richard  Flower, 

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whose  daughter,  Mary  Ann,  he  married  in  1 8 17,  and  continued  the  lumber 
business  there  until  about  18 18,  in  which  year  he  established  a  lumber  yard  in 
the  District  of  Northern  Liberties,  Philadelphia  County  (now  Philadelphia),  on 
the  Delaware  River,  near  Brown  Street  wharf. 

In  1823,  he  went  to  Savannah,  Augusta  and  Macon,  Georgia,  for  the  first 
time,  to  buy  cotton  for  the  account  of  John  Welsh,  of  Philadelphia,  who  made 
large  sums  on  his  shipments.  Mr.  Hubbell  also  made  over  one  hundred 
thousand  dollars  for  himself  in  buying  and  selling  cotton  on  his  own  account. 

He  continued  to  make  annual  visits  South  to  buy  cotton,  during  the  fall 
and  winters  up  to  1 830-1,  and  had  many  remarkable  adventures  while  travel- 
ling through  that,  then,  lawless  country.  On  one  occasion  he  and  a  friend 
carried  two  million  dollars  in  United  States  Bank  notes,  for  deposit  on  account 
of  the  bank.  They  were  followed  in  the  stage  coach  by  three  des»peradoes, 
against  whom  they  were  finally  compelled  to  defend  themselves  with  loaded 
pistols,  being  greatly  assisted  by  Mr.  Hubbell's  faithful  pointer  dog,  "  Rover." 
They  frustrated  the  several  attempts  to  steal  the  valise  containing  the  money, 
and  carried  it  in  safety  to  its  destination. 

In  1824-5,  while  deer  hunting,  by  invitation  of  the  Indians,  with  Mr. 
Alfred  Cummings,  of  Augusta,  Georgia,  in  what  was  called  the  Cherokee 
Nation  Country,  Mr.  Hubbell  found  in  a  brook,  the  first  piece  of  gold  dis- 
covered in  that  State.  He  had  the  gold  then  found  fashioned  into  a  bas-relief 
of  his  famous  pointer  dog  Rover,  and  enclosed  (under  crystal),  in  a  watch-seal, 
now  worn  by  his  eldest  son,  William  Wheeler  Hubbell. 

Mr.  Hubbell  became  a  member  of  the  Masonic  fraternity  while  in  the  South, 
and  returned  to  Philadelphia  in  183 1  to  remain  permanently.  With  money 
made  in  cotton,  he  entered  largely  into  building  operations  in  the  District  of 
Moyamensing,  Philadelphia  County.  In  the  improvement  of  the  District  and 
in  the  establishment  of  public  schools,  he  took  a  very  prominent  part,  and  was 
elected  to  the  Legislature  of  Pennsylvania  in  1834-5,  where  he  rendered  eflScient 
service  in  promoting  the  interests  of  his  constituents,  and  was  recognized  as  a 
man  of  very  great  natural  abilities. 

In  1845  he  removed  to  Catawissa,  on  the  Susquehanna  River,  in  Columbia 
County,  Pennsylvania,  near  which  he  cultivated  a  large  farm,  and  laid  out  the 
village  of  Hubbellville,  in  Beaver  Valley  adjoining  the  McCauley  Mountain 
Coal  Mines,  where  he  continued  to  reside  until  1870,  when,  in  the  eighty- 
second  year  of  his  age,  he  and  his  wife  came  to  Philadelphia  to  reside  with  their 
son  William  Wheeler  Hubbell,  with  whom  they  lived  until  his  wife's  death  in 
1876,  when  he  went  to  reside  with  his  son  Richard  Henry  Hubbell  in  Chester, 
Delaware  County,  Pennsylvania,  and  died  there  May  10,  1878,  in  the  ninetieth 
year  of  his  age. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  121 

His  remains  repose  beside  those  of  his  wife,  their  deceased  children,  and 
eldest  grandson  William  Hubbell,  in  the  Chester  Rural  Cemetery. 

In  personal  appearance,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  remarkably  fine  looking  man, 
he  was  about  five  feet  eleven  inches  in  height,  very  erect,  had  blue  eyes,  brown 
hair,  and  a  ruddy  complexion. 

The  portrait  of  him  heading  this  sketch,  is  from  a  photograph  taken  at  the 
age  of  seventy-five  years.  He  was  endowed  with  great  strength,  was  an  ex- 
pert swimmer  and  diver,  and  during  his  hfe,  saved  several  persons  from  death 
by  drowning ;  on  one  occasion,  diving  to  a  great  depth  to  save  a  man  who 
had  sunk  for  the  last  time  in  the  Delaware  River  near  his  lumber  yard.  For 
this  act  of  bravery  he  received  the  diploma  of  the  Humane  Society  of  Phila- 
delphia. 

His  great  skill  as  a  sportsman  made  him  well  known  throughout  the 
country,  and  his  manly  bearing  and  superior  conversational  powers  attracted 
to  him  hosts  of  friends  and  admirers. 

Patriarch  of  thy  time,  farewell ! 
Those  well-told  tales  and  legends  of  thy  race 
Did  first  inspire  thy  grandson  to  this  task. 
If  I  could  live  to  twice  thy  years  on  earth, 
I  ne'er  should  meet  a  man  as  honest,  and  so  true. 

But,  in  that  grander  life. 
Where  all  must  meet  at  last, 
I  shall  behold  thy  well-beloved  face. 
Hear  thy  remembered  voice  once  more, 
And  feel  again  thy  friendly  grasp. 


HIRAM  HUBBELL,  of  Ballston,  Saratoga  County,  New  York,  son  of 
Abijah  Hubbell  and  Clarissa  Fitch,  was  born  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut, 
September  20,  1793. 

He  died  May  19,  1874,  in  Oswego,  New  York. 

The  following  notice  of  his  death  is  from  one  of  the  daily  papers: 

"  The  death  of  a  citizen  so  widely  known  and  whose  life  has  been  so  much  the  property  of 
the  public  as  that  of  the  late  Hon.  Iliram  ITubbell,  reqtiir&s  a  word  further  than  wc  were  able  to 
sav  yestenlay.  Judge  Ilubbell's  family  came  originally  from  Connecticut,  but  more  immediately 
from  Ballsttm  Springs,  New  York.  lie  was  many  years  a  resident  of  Pulaski;  at  one  time  was  a 
representative  in  Assembly  ;  also  clerk  of  Oswego  County,  and,  we  believe,  the  first  elected  clerk  ; 
he  also  wis  one  of  the  Associate  J  udges  of  Cswogo  County,  and  held  various  other  offices  during 
his  useful  life." 

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CHARLES  BENJAMIN  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut,  born  March  20,  1789,  was  the  youngest  son  of  Captain  Amos 
Hubbell  and  his  second  wife  Eleanor  Hubbell. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  for  many  years  a  successful  merchant  in  his  native  city. 

He  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  John  Thompson,  of  Stratford,  Connecti- 
cut, by  whom  he  had  twelve  children. 

His  obituary,  copied  from  the  Bridgeport  Standard  of  May  13,  1873,  speaks 
of  him  as  he  was ;  no  biographical  sketch  that  might  be  written  could  add 
lustre  to  his  dame;  he  died  as  he  had  lived,  loved,  honored,  and  respected  by  all 
the  inhabitants  of  his  native  city. 

"Tho  11(111.  Clinrlwi  Ilcnjnniiii  Hiibhell  died  veslcrd^iv  nflcnioon,  at  tlie  reHldence  of  hiii 
dauglilcr,  Mrs.  R  M.  Thnrp,  011  Golden  Hill.  aHcr  a  brief  illness.  Tie  lind  been  failing  for  n  fe* 
munlhs  pa»I.  bnt  wilh  the  exception  uf  a  colil  and  eongli,  eeeoied  to  Le  troubled  with  no  speeific  dii- 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  123 

ease,  and  did  not  show  alarming  signs  of  weakness  till  a  few  hours  before  hU  death.  He  retained 
his  mental  and  bodilv  vigor  to  a  remarkable  degree,  and  attended  worship  a  week  ago  Sunday  at 
the  North  Church,  where  his  presence  has  been  so  constant  for  many  years.  On  Saturday  last  it 
became  evident  that  the  weight  of  years,  which  he  had  borne  hitherto  as  few  men  ever  do,  waa 
telling  upon  him,  and  his  once  vigorous  constitution  had  lost  the  elasticity  with  which  it  had  risen 
from  previous  attacks,  so  that  he  sunk  gradually  under  an  increasing  weaktaess,  passing  away 
quietly  and  painlessly,  falling  asleep  in  the  fulness  of  years. 

At  the  time  of  his  death  Mr.  Hubbell  was  probably  the  oldest  citizen  born  here,  and  he 
had  seen  Bridgeport  grow  from  a  very  small  village  to  its  present  proportion.  At  his  last  birthday, 
March  20th,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  eighty-four  years  old,  and  those  who  saw  him  then  remember  that 
his  tall  figure  was  as  erect,  his  mind  as  clear,  and  his  manner  as  prompt  as  ever.  Bom  in  Bridge- 
port, in  what  is  now  Park  Avenue  (then  Multon  Lane,  and  afterwards  Division  Street,)  eighty-four 
years  ago,  always  living  here,  and  doing  business  here  from  the  time  that  he  was  nineteen  years  of 
age,  identified  with  the  place  through  all  the  active  years  of  his  business  life,  taking  a  large  interest 
in  its  welfare,  and  maintaining  that  interest  to  the  last,  even  after  he  had  retired  from  active  life, 
he  was  a  man  universally  known  and  respected,  and  whose  loss  will  be  very  widely  and  generally 
felt  and  deplored.  He  was  engaged  in  active  business  for  a  period  of  nearly  forty  years,  being  in 
the  general  mercantile,  shipping  and  drygoods  business,  and  was  noted  during  all  that  time  for 
honorable  dealing,  sterling  integrity,  promptness,  and  dignity  of  bearing.  In  the  years  1852  and 
1853  he  filled  the  position  of  Mayor  of  the  then  growing  city  with  efficiency  and  honor,  and  he  was 
at  various  times  called  to  fill  other  positions  of  trust,  the  duties  of  which  he  always  discharged  with 
integrity  and  ability.  He  was  President  of  the  old  Pequonnock  Bank  for  a  number  of  years,  and 
was  a  prudent  and  able  financier.  He  was  successful  in  business,  and  retired  u|)on  a  competency 
something  over  twenty  years  ago,  but  had  personally  attended  to  the  details  of  his  own  affairs  ever 
since,  and  never  ceased  to  take  an  active  interest  in  all  matters  affecting  the  welfare  of  the  city. 
He  attended  the  North  Congregational  C'hurch  all  his  life,  and  was  for  many  years  a  member  of 
that  Church,  and  always  a  regular  attendant  on  the  ministrations  of  the  Sanctuary.  He  had  no 
dread  of  death,  but  was  sustained  by  the  firm  faith  he  ever  professed,  and  expressed  his  entire 
willingness  to  go  whenever  the  summons  should  come.  He  was  a  man  of  great  benevolence,  and 
under  a  somewhat  blufi*  exterior  carried  a  large  and  warm  heart,  ever  open  to  the  appeal  of  sufl^er- 
ing  humanity,  and  was  ever  doing,  in  an  unostentatious  manner,  deeds  of  charity  and  kindness, 
which  endeared  him  to  a  wide  circle  of  friends  among  all  classes.  Mr.  Hubbell  was  twice  married, 
and  by  his  first  wife  had  a  large  family,  most  of  the  members  of  which  are  still  living.  His  second 
wife  survives  him. 

Although  Mr.  Hubbell  had  outlived  the  ailoted  threescore  years  and  ten  by  nearly  a  score, 
he  had  never,  as  is  the  case  with  many  old  ctizens,  dropped  out  of  )*ublic  notice,  or  ceased  to  take 
an  active  interest  in  the  afiairs  of  his  fellow-men.  His  erect  figure,  dignity  of  manner,  and  striking 
appearance,  made  him  a  man  of  mark  wherever  he  went,  and  he  was  as  well  known  perhaps  as  any 
citizen  of  the  community.  He  was  a  man  to  whom  may  be  applied  most  fitly  the  words  of  the  great 
poet :  'Take  him  for  all  in  all,  we  shall  not  look  upon  his  like  again/  While  the  sympathy  of  the 
community  will  be  freely  extended  to  his  family,  he  will  be  mourned  not  as  one  cut  down  in  the 
prime  of  life,  but  remembered  and  honored  as  one  who,  in  the  fulness  of  years,  with  his  life  work 
well  done,  and  leaving  an  honorable  record  behind  him  to  his  children  and  the  eommunity  in 
which  he  had  always  lived,  answered  to  the  summons  of  his  Great  Master  cheerfully,  and  was 
gathered  like  a  full  ear  in  the  harvest. 

After  the  adjournment  of  the  Common  Council  last  evening,  news  having  been  received  of 
the  death  of  Mr.  Hubbell,  it  was  announced  by  the  Mayor,  and  resolutions  of  an  appropriate  char- 
acter expressing  the  sorrow  of  the  Council  were  passed,  together  with  one  that  the  Council  attend 
the  funeral  in  a  body. 

The  funeral  of  Mr.  Hubbell  will  take  place  from  the  residence  of  hii  daughter,  Mrs.  P.  M. 
Thorp,  OQ  Golden  Hill,  Thursday  afferaoon  at  three  o*clock.'' 


124  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

ELLEN  HUBBELL,  daughter  of  Aaron  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Silliman, 
his  wife,  was  born  August  15,  1793. 

On  July  17,  181 1,  she  married  Daniel  S.  Odell,  who  died  November  22, 
1 82 1,  in  Mobile,  Alabama,  and  in  1824  she  married  William  Thurber,  by 
whom  she  had  one  son.  After  Mr.  Thurber's  death  she  married,  in  June, 
1839,  John  H.  Keller,  who  died  May  12,  1849,  without  issue. 

The  following  notice  of  her  death  is  from  the  Morning  News,  of  Bridge- 
port, Connecticut,  September  21,  1880: 

"  In  the  death  of  Mrs.  Ellen  Keller,  which  occurred  in  this  city  September  4,  Bridgeport 
has  lost  one  of  its  oldest  native  born  residents.  Mrs.  Keller  was  the  daughter  of  Aaron  Hubbell,  a 
revolutionary  soldier,  and  was  bom  in  the  old  family  homestead  formerly  situated  on  what  is  now 
known  us  North  avenue,  at  a  point  just  east  of  Clinton  avenue,  August  15,  1793,  and  had  conse- 
quently passed  her  eiglity-seventh  year.  Her  first  husband,  Daniel  S.  Odell,  was  also  descended 
from  some  of  the  earlier  settlers  in  this  community.  A  considerable  portion  of  her  life  was  spent 
in  New  York  City,  but  for  several  years  past  her  home  has  been  with  her  daughter,  Mrs.  Sarah 
Willits,  in  Bridgeport,  at  whose  residence  she  breathed  her  hist.  Her  remains  now  rest  in 
Mountiiin  Grove  Cemetery,  in  the  vicinity  of  the  spot  where  her  childhood's  days  were  passed,  and 
where  her  ancestors  settled  more  than  two  hundred  years  ago. 

The  family  of  which  this  venerable  lady  was  a  descendant  is  one  of  the  oldest  in  (his 
region,  and  its  branches,  since  its  settlement  here  in  the  early  history  of  Connecticut,  have  become 
widely  extended  throughout  the  land,  its  numerous  members  have  borne  their  part  in  the  mani- 
fold interests  of  industry  and  religion,  and  many  of  them  have  been  prominent  in  the  various  walks 
of  life.  Mrs.  Keller  was  highly  blest  in  her  domestic  relations,  and  her  children  grew  up  to  occupy 
spheres  of  usefulness  and  responsibility.  Ufion  them  and  their  children,  besides  a  large  circle  of 
near  relations  and  connections,  is  left  the  impress  of  her  cheerful  piety  and  household  graces. 
Indeed,  a  long  and  faithful  Christian  life  like  hers  could  not  be  without  a  gracious  influence.  In 
all  \\»  stages  her  womanly  virtues  were  apparent.  A  true  hun)ility,  unfeigned  kindness,  a  gentle, 
confiding,  child-like  spirit  marked  her  character  to  its  close.  Those  only  who  guarded  and  watched 
her  so  afiectionately  during  her  declining  years,  can  know  how  submissive  she  was  to  the  Divine 
will,  and  with  what  a  loving  and  unquestioning  trust  she  rested  on  the  Divine  arm.  Truly  *the 
memory  of  the  just  is  blessed.'" 


JOSIAH  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son 
of  Joel  Hubbell  and  Charity  Hubbell,  daughter  of  Josiah  Hubbell,  of  Old  Mill 
Hill,  on  "  Hubbell's  Hill,*'  was  born  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  in  1793,  and 
died  May  31,  1879. 

The  following  obituary  is  from  the  Bridgeport  Daily  Standard  of  June  2, 
1879: 

"In  our  obituary  column  to-day  will  be  found  notice  of  the  death  of  an  old  citizen,  Mr. 
Josiah  Hubbell,  at  the  advance<l  age  of  84}  years.  For  quite  u  number  of  years  Mr.  Hubbell  has 
been  so  thoroughly  withdrawn  from  ihe  busy  walks  of  life  that  f«^w  of  the  present  generati(m  know 
that  sucli  a  man  lived  among  us,  and  yet  for  40  years  prior  to  1800  he  was  one  of  the  active  and 
prominent  business  men  of  the  place.     His  store  was  on  the  eai>t  side  of  Water,  at  the  foot  of  Wall 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  125 

Street,  the  same  now  occupied  as  a  meat  market,  by  Mr.  Edward  J.  Banks.  For  many  years,  in 
connection  with  his  brother,  Captain  Gershom  E.  llubbell,  he  conducted  a  grain  and  grocery  busi- 
ness ;  also,  Boston  and  New  York  coasting,  the  brother  going  as  master  of  the  vessel.  lie  was 
also  for  many  years  engaged  with  another  brother,  David,  in  the  manufacture  of  saddle  trees,  out- 
side market  for  which  was  found  largely  in  Philadelphia  and  Baltimore. 

The  firm  of  J.  &  G.  llubbell  built  and  owned  in  all  five  vessels.  One  of  them,  the  *  Vir- 
ginia.' was  the  largest  schooner  ever  built  in  Derby.  She  was  lost  on  a  trip  from  Philadelphia  to 
Richmond,  Virginia,  with  a  load  of  coal.  The  crew,  including  Captain  Gershom  E.  llubbell, 
barely  escaped  with  their  lives.    The  loss  was  total  and  no  insurance. 

Some  old  citizens  will  remember  the  sloop  *  Fame,*  which  was  their  regular  New  York 
packet  for  many  years,  and  did  well  if  she  made  a  round  trip  in  ten  days,  and  yet  that  was  a  speci- 
men of  the  means  of  transit  and  communication  between  these  points  at  the  time. 

The  last  vessel  they  built  was  the  *  Ilousatonic,'  a  sloop  of  80  tons,  which  was  intended  for  a 
fast  packet  to  run  for  freight  l)etween  Bridgeport  and  New  York.  She  had  very  high  masts,  and 
on  her  second  trip  upset  off  the  bar  of  Bridgeport  harbor,  which  involved  an  expense  of  $1,500 
to  set  things  right,  and  injured  her  character  as  a  reliable  freighter.  She  was  afterward  sold  to  the 
firm  of  M  or  ford  «&  Trubee. 

The  home  of  Mr.  llubbell  was  on  the  (then)  high  bluff  on  the  east  side  of  Water  street, 
where  now  stands  the  packing  establishment  of  Mr.  F.  A.  Bartram,  and  the  grounds  extended  through 
to  Middle  street. 

Mr.  Hubbcll,  in  his  active  days,  held  many  prominent  positions.  He  was  alderman  of  the 
city  in  1837-8,  1842-3,  was  justice  of  the  peace  and  coroner  many  years,  was  one  <»f  the  first 
promoters  and  for  many  years  a  director  of  the  Connecticut  liimk,  also  one  of  the  corporators  of 
the  Bridge|K)rt  Savings  Bank,  establi.slied  in  1842.  Of  the  tweniy-two  corporators  of  that  institu- 
tion, only  four  now  remain,  viz. :  William  II.  Noble,  Gideon  Thompson,  Thomas  Hanson,  and 
Schuyler  Seeley. 

He  was  the  first  to  introduce  Anthracite  coal  in  this  market.  There  was  much  incredulity 
as  to  its  usefulness.  Capt.  Thaddeus  Hubbell,  who  lived  on  the  site  of  the  present  Citizens'  Build- 
ing on  Main  street,  was  among  the  faithless  ones,  and  took  a  specimen  home  to  try  it  on  his  hickory 
fire  in  the  old-fashioned  fireplace,  only  to  have  his  incredulity  confirmed.  After  the  great  fire  of 
1834.  which  desolated  Main  street  both  sides,  in  the  virinity  of  Wall  street,  and  Wall  street  to 
Middle  street,  Mr.  Hubbell  purchased  the  southejist  corner  of  Main  and  Wall  street**,  belonging 
to  the  heirs  of  Asa  Hubbell,  for  $2,000.  This  he  sold  in  1838  to  Charles  Hill,  ca.shier  of  the  Old 
Bridgeport  Bnnk,  for  $4,000,  which  was  thought  a  large . •speculation  at  the  time.  Mr.  Hill  in  1838 
erected  the  building  now  owned  by  Mrs.  George  S.  San  ford,  embracing  three  stores  on  Main  street, 
with  one  hall  over  them,  which  was  our  first  City  Hall. 

Mr.  Hubbell  also  purchased  about  this  time  the  Captain  Samuel  Hawley  place  on  the  west 
side  of  Main  street  south  of  Chapel  street,  now  owned  by  Mr.  N.  Wheeler. 

The  exciting  times  connected  with  the  building  of  the  Ilousatonic  railroad  occurred  soon  after, 
Mr.  Hubbell  taking  sides  with  those  who  opposed  the  loan  of  the  credit  of  the  city  to  promote  this 
enterprise.  When  the  test  cjise  to  try  the  validity  of  the  city's  obligations  was  decided  in  the 
highest  state  court,  and  judgment  was  issued,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  one  of  the  first  to  have  his  property 
levied  upon.  He  had  just  stocked  up  his  store  for  the  winter,  for  which  he  had  borrowed  some 
money,  and  although  the  sheriff,  who  had  taken  possession  for  one  day  only,  calle<l  him  up  at  10 
o'clock  in  the  night  and  quietly  returned  him  his  keys  without  disturbing  a  thing,  yot  exnggerated 
stories  were  circulated  to  the  injury  of  his  credit,  and  led  to  an  embarrassment  from  which  he  never 
recovered. 

Although  withflrawn  from  active  participation  in  city  matters  so  many  years,  he  has  ever 
taken  a  deep  interest  therein,  and  the  annual  Municipal  Kegister  has  had  no  more  attentive  and 
ajjprcciative  rfea(!er. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  descended  from  one  of  the  original  settlers  of  this  parish  of  Stratficld,  viz. : 


126  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Richard  Hubbell,  Sen.,  who  with  his  son  Richard,  Jr.,  were  among  the  nine  male  roembere  of  the 
Strattiel  1  church  at  its  formation  in  1G95  (now  the  First  Congregational  church,  Bridge;x»rti. 
Their  home  was  on  the  spot  now  occupied  by  Mr.  Chas.  A.  llotchkiss  on  Clinton  avenue.  The 
subject  of  this  sketch  married  Charlotte  Baldwin,  of  Ponghkeepsie,  New  York,  and  had  eight  chil- 
dren, four  of  whom  survive  and  are  residents  of  this  city,  viz. :  Edward  Hubbell,  Mary  Louisa,  Mn. 
Russell  T.  Curtis,  now  Mrs.  J.  H.  Osgood,  Captain  John  B.  Hubbell  of  the  Bridgeport  Stemmboat 
Company,  Charlotte  B.,  wife  of  G.  W.  Arnold.  Jane  fllizabeth,  wife  of  Doctor  U.  L.  W.  Burritt, 
Walter,  Louis  Henry  and  Frances  Ann,  are  deceased. 

Mr.  Hubbell  united  with  the  First  Congregational  Church,  October,  7th,  1821,  at  which  time 
there  was  a  large  accession.  Among  them  such  names  as  John  Brooks,  Jr.,  Sherwood  Sterling, 
William  Wright,  and  Burr  Knapp.  In  1831  he  was  dismissed  with  thirty  other  male  and  seventy 
female  members  to  form  the  Second  or  South  Church,  with  which  he  ever  retained  his  membership. 
He  has  been  a  great  reader  of  the  Scriptures  and  has  read  the  Bible  through  five  times  in  the  last 
eight  years.*' 


WALTER  HUBBELL,  of  Canandaigua,  Ontario  County,  New  York, 
born  February  25,  1795,  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  was  the  son  of  Abijah 
Hubbell  and  Clarissa  Fitch. 

Mr.  Hubbell  graduated  at  Union  College,  Schenectady,  New  York,  in  18 14, 
and  the  same  year  went  to  Canandaigua,  New  York,  where  he  entered  the  law 
office  of  N.  W.  Howell  and  John  Greig.  He  was  admitted  to  the  Bar  in  1817 
and  continued  the  practice  of  his  profession  until  his  death,  March  25,  1848. 


GEORGE  WILLIAM  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County. 
Connecticut,  eldest  son  of  Ezekiel  and  Catharine  Hubbell,  was  bom  November 
26,  1796,  in  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut.  His  parents  were  de- 
sirous he  should  receive  a  collegiate  education,  and  he  partially  prepared  him- 
self for  such  a  course,  but  his  inclinations  leading  him  to  choose  a  commercial 
life,  he  entered,  at  the  age  of  sixteen,  the  counting-room  of  Smith  &  Hubbell, 
of  New  York. 

In  18 1 5.  immediately  after  the  war  with  England,  when  he  was  nineteen 
years  of  age.  Smith  &  Hubbell  employed  him  as  Supercargo,  with  the  business 
of  the  brig  Cannon,  under  the  command  of  Captain  Paul  Delano,  on  a  voyage 
to  Portugal  and  Gibraltar.  In  18 16 — Buenos  Ayres,  then  fighting  for  her  in- 
dependence— he  was  again  employed  by  the  same  house  to  embark  in  the  brig 
Ei/cn  Tooker,  under  the  command  of  Captain  Adam  Pond,  to  take  the  consign- 
ment of  the  vessel  and  cargo,  consisting  of  materials  of  war  and  ammunition  of 
all  kinds.  This  adventure,  arriving  at  a  time  the  Provinces  of  Uruguay  and 
Buenos  Ayres  were  still  at  war  with  Spain,  favorable  results  were  looked  for. 
On  the  contrary,  finding  an  over-supply  of  similar  investments,  as  he  did,  and 


HISTORY  OF  THE   HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  127 

consequent  competition  and  delay  to  realize,  the  result  proved  disastrous  to 
all  concerned.  After  the  sale  of  the  vessel  and  cargo  he  lingered  some  time 
in  the  La  Plata,  closing  up  his  business,  and  returned  home  late  in  the  year 
1817. 

The  following  spring,  in  the  month  of  June,  he  took  charge  of  the  business 
of  the  ship  Citizen,  under  the  command  of  Captain  James  Loring,  and  as  Super- 
cargo made  a  voyage  to  Manilla,  where  he  loaded  her  for  Europe,  and  arrived 
at  Hamburgh  in  May,  1820.  Disposing  of  her  cargo,  and  despatching  the  ship 
on  another  voyage  to  Manilla,  under  instructions  from  the  owners  in  the 
United  States,  and  placing  her  in  charge  of  Captain  Loring  as  Master  and 
Supercargo,  he  returned  to  New  York,  where  he  arrived  in  February,  182 1. 
In  March  following  he  married  Mary  Ann,  only  daughter  of  Enoch  Foote, 
Esq.,  of  Bridgeport,  Connecticut 

In  April,  182 1,  he  and  his  brother  Henry  Wilson  Hubbell,  the  second 
son  of  Ezekiel  and  Catharine  Hubbell — born  in  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut,  October  30,  1805 — embarked  as  passengers  in  the  new  ship  AJax, 
commanded  by  their  father,  and  sailed  for  Manilla.  Henry  had  just  finished 
his  education  at  the  Wilton  Academy,  Connecticut,  under  the  tuition  of 
Hawley  Olmstead,  afterwards  Professor  of  Astronomy,  at  Yale  College.  The 
object  of  George  was  to  establish  a  mercantile  house  at  Manilla — with  his 
brother  Henry  as  one  of  the  clerks  at  the  start — and  transact  a  general  busi- 
ness. The  ship  arrived  out  in  August,  1821,  having  on  board  90,000  dollars 
in  Spanish  coin,  with  several  invoices  of  English,  French  and  miscellaneous 
goods.  Part  of  these  funds  were  for  the  Citizen,  belonging  to  the  same  owners, 
which  ship  arrived  at  Manilla  from  Hamburgh  many  months  before  the  Ajax. 
An  establishment  was  soon  arranged  and  organized  for  business,  and  on  the 
first  of  January,  1822,  commercial  circulars,  under  the  firm  name  of  George  W. 
Hubbell  were  issued.  These  two  ships  both  loaded  and  sailed  in  the  regular 
monsoon  on  their  return  to  New  York.  The  Citizen  was  wrecked  on  the 
coast  of  New  Jersey;  and  the  Ajax  arrived  safely,  April  15,  1822.  It  may  be 
here  specially  noticed  and  recorded  that  the  name  of  the  Hubbells  was  fairly 
and  permanently  established  at  Manilla  in  1822,  an5  has  continued,  now  Peele, 
Hubbell  &  Co.,  to  the  present  period  of  1881.  This  firm  and  the  house  of 
Russell  &  Co.,  in  China,  established  at  Canton,  in  1825,  are  the  only  two 
American  houses  of  ancient  standing  in  existence  at  the  present  day,  eastward 
of  the  Cape  of  Good  Hope.  The  house  has  been  successful  and  favorably 
known  in  all  the  commercial  centres  of  the  world  as  a  responsible  and  highly 
respected  firm.  At  the  time  of  his  death,  as  hereinafter  referred  to,  Mr.  George 
W.  Hubbell,  the  original  founder  of  the  house,  had  been  the  United 
States  Consul  for  many  years,  and  was  the  first  recognized  by  Spain  in  her 
East  India  possessions. 


128  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

From  1822  to  1825  the  Ajax  made  three  successive  voyages  under  the 
same  command,  consigned  to  George  \V.  Hubbell.  The  ship  Sabina^  also 
commanded  by  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  in  1825-26,  loaded  at  Manilla  for  New  York. 
Meanwhile  the  business  of  the  house  increased,  particularly  with  New  York 
and  Salem. 

In  1823  the  house  purchased  and  loaded  the  brig  Cadst,  of  Boston,  with 
a  valuable  cargo  of  sugars  and  China  silks,  adapted  to  the  wants  of  Chili  and 
Peru.  Henry,  then  under  eighteen  years  of  age,  was  entrusted  with  the 
business  of  the  voyage  as  Supercargo.  Aside  from  the  knowledge  he  had  de- 
rived during  the  two  years  he  was  in  the  office  of  his  brother  George,  he  had 
only  been  commissioned  with  a  small  adventure  from  Manilla  to  China  and 
back  in  July  and  August,  1823.  Full  and  careful  instructions  for  his  guidance 
were  prepared,  the  voyage  mapped  out,  and  then  left  to  his  judgment  to  act 
for  the  best  as  circumstances  might  render  necessary. 

The  Cadet,  under  command  of  Captain  James  Bennett,  sailed  from  Manilla 
January  15,  1824.  Passing  down  the  China  Sea,  the  Indian  Ocean,  and  to  the 
southward  of  New  Holland  and  New  Zealand,  she  arrived  at  Valparaiso  in  the 
month  of  April,  following.  During  the  voyage  the  crew  became  mutinous  and 
the  vessel  arrived  with  several  men  in  irons.  This  difficulty  weighed  upon 
Captain  Bennett's  mind  to  such  a  degree,  that,  soon  after  his  arrival  he  de- 
stroyed himself  Without  delay  Mr.  Hubbell  engaged  a  suitable  man  to  fill 
his  place,  and  the  business  of  the  vessel  went  on  without  interruption.  Part  of 
the  cargo  was  sold  at  Valparaiso.  The  accounts  closed,  the  vessel  was  soon 
made  ready  for  sea.  At  this  time  the  Spaniards,  still  in  possession  of  the 
Castle  of  Callao,  and  control  of  the  city  of  Lima,  and  the  port  reported  to  he 
under  blockade  by  the  limited  naval  forces  of  Peru,  and  several  Spanish  armed 
cruisers  on  the  coast,  he  joined  the  Supercargos  of  the  ships  Liberty  and  Gover- 
nor Clinton,  of  New  York,  and  sought  convoy  down  the  coast  from  the  United 
States  Sloop  of  War  Peacock,  then  at  Valparaiso,  which  was  unhesitatingly 
granted  by  Captain  Carter,  in  command.  After  seven  days'  passage,  calling  at 
Coquimbo  en  route,  the  Cadet  and  her  companions,  in  the  absence  of  the 
blockading  fleet,  safely  anchored  in  the  harbor  of  Callao  unmolested. 

Lima  at  that  time  was  alternately  in  temporary  possession  of  the  Spanish 
and  Peruvian  forces.  Completely  demoralized,  as  that  beautiful  city  was,  with 
no  sale  for  anything  except  flour  and  provisions,  he  decided,  after  idling  away 
a  month  or  more,  to  proceed  down  the  coast  to  Truxillo.*  He  did  so ;  and 
disposed  of  a  further  portion  of  his  cargo  at  that  place.  Meanwhile,  leaving 
the  silver  received  for  the  proceeds  of  his  goods,  he  concluded  to  return  to 
Lima,  and-  make  one  more  effort  to  realize  for  the  balance  of  the  cargo,  and 


•  Nanu-U  afU;r  Truxillo,  in  Spain,  the  birtli-place  of  Pizarro. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  129 

call  at  Truxillo,  on  his  return  to  Manilla,  for  the  funds  he  had  left  at  that  place. 
With  the  knowledge  that  Callao  was  again  blockaded,  he  felt  some  little  doubt 
as  to  safely  reaching  his  destination.  Nevertheless,  he  was  determined  to 
attempt  it.  Instructing  Captain  Woodbury  in  writing  to  proceed  to  Callao  at 
all  hazards,  which  relieved  him  as  commander  of  any  responsibility,  they 
weighed  anchor.  After  seven  days  at  sea,  about  sunset,  the  port  then  fifty  miles 
distant  and  the  wind  favorable  to  shape  a  course  for  the  harbor,  they  pressed 
forward  in  that  direction.  About  midnight,  atmosphere  hazy,  stars  dim  and  sea 
smooth,  with  a  steady  southeast  trade  wind  blowing,  they  quietly  glided  be- 
tween two  vessels  of  the  blockading  squadron,  a  frigate  on  the  one  side;  and 
a  brig  upon  the  other,  and  only  discovered  their  proximity  by  faintly  hearing 
the  watch  cry  of*'  All's  well ;"  and  immediately  on  the  other  side  the  same  re- 
peated. Still  quietly  following  their  course,  unnoticed  by  the  enemy,  they 
found  themselves  at  the  break  of  day  safely  under  the  guns  and  protection  of 
the  United  States  Frigate  United  States,  at  anchor  in  the  harbor  of  Callao. 
Commodore  Hull,  then  in  command  of  the  United  States  Naval  forces  in  the 
Pacific,  having  very  little  respect  for  the  blockade,  and  although  somewhat 
surprised,  he  was  very  much' pleased  at  the  safe  arrival  of  the  Cadet,  and  kindly 
offered  any  assistance  needed.  [These  details  are  embodied  in  this  brief  sketch 
more  for  the  purpose  of  showing  the  then  political  disturbed  state  of  the  country 
and  trade,  which  confronted  a  young  man  of  limited  experience,  and  little 
knowledge  of  the  world,  carrying  the  responsibility  which  he  did,  and  at  a  time, 
when  Spain  was  struggling  to  save  the  last  of  her  Vice-Royalties  in  America : 
the  whole  country  in  the  hands  of  lawless  bands  ;  trade  irregularly  conducted  : 
duties  evaded,  and  vessels  exposed  to  capture :  the  ship  China  of  New  York 
seized,  and  both  vessel  and  cargo  confiscated  by  the  Spanish  authorities  :  the  ship 
General  Carrington  of  Providence,  Rhode  Island,  captured  and  brought  into 
port  and  condemned :  the  late  William  S.  Wetmore,  of  New  York,  her  Super- 
cargo imprisoned :  to  which  when  we  add  temptations  surrounding  him  of  every 
kind,  to  which  he  was  exposed,  and  which  once  fallen  into  would  have  been  ruin 
to  himself  and  friends,  it  can  be  readily  seen  that  his  position  was  one  of  great 
responsibility  even  for  a  man  of  mature  years.]  In  the  midst  of  this  disturbed 
state  of  things,  he  immediately  proceeded  to  Lima,  with  grave  doubts  as  to 
whether  he  could  succeed  in  negotiating  the  business  he  had  in  view.  Never- 
theless, he  did  make  arrangements  with  his  friends  Messrs.  Richard  Price  &  Co.,  a 
responsible  and  influential  English  firm,  to  make  him  moderate  advances  upon 
the  balance  of  his  cargo  still  unsold.  These  advances  were  shipped  on  board 
the  Cadet  in  bar  silver,  and  the  goods  landed,  and  safely  stored  in  Lima.  In- 
structions were  given  to  sell  the  consignment  so  soon  as  the  fate  of  Peru  was 
d;:jtermined  (which  was  looked  for  daily,  as  the  two  hostile  armies  in  the  interior 
were   rapidly  approaching  each  other),  and  remit  to  the  United  States  any  bal- 

12 


I30  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

ance  of  account  there  might  be  realized.  He  then  hastened  back  to  Truxillo, 
where  he  took  on  board  the  silver  awaiting  his  arrival,  and  on  December  lO, 
1824,  sailed  on  his  return  voyage  to  Manilla,  where  he  arrived  in  March,  1825, 
after  an  absence  of  fourteen  months.  [On  the  8th  of  December,  only  two  days 
before  he  sailed  from  Huanchaco*,  the  battle  of  Ayacucho  was  fought, 
under  General  Sucre  in  command  of  the  Peruvian  forces,  which  resulted 
in  tlie  defeat  of  the  Spanish  Army,  under  command  of  the  Viceroy 
General  Lasema,  who  was  in  this  final  struggle  killed.  The  terms  of  this 
victory  resulted  in  a  capitulation  which  included  the  surrender  of  the  Castles 
of  Callao  and  the  garrisons  throughout  Peru,  and  a  reasonable  time  allowed  the 
Spanish  Officers  to  embark  for  their  homes  in  Spain.  This  surrender,  which 
secured  the  independence  of  Peru,  severed  the  last  link  of  the  vast  Spanish 
possessions  in  America,  over  which  Spain  had  held  uninterrupted  dominion  for 
nearly  three  hundred  years,  and  the  old  Empire  of  the  Incas  was  again  under 
the  control  of  a  degenerated  Peruvian  population.]  On  the  return  of  the  Cadet 
to  Manilla  the  owner,  George  W.  Hubbell,  loaded  and  embarked  in  her  for 
Cadiz  and  Gibraltar;  at  the  former  port,  she  delivered  a  cargo  of  sugar;  and 
proceeded  to  the  latter,  where  she  was  sold.  Mr.  Hubbell  then  returned  to 
America.  He  arrived  at  New  York  in  October,  1825,  after  an  absence  of  four 
years  and  six  months. 

His  brother  Henry  he  left  in  charge  of  his  business  at  Manilla,  where  he 
remained  until  January,  1826.  He  returned  home  with  his  father  Captain 
Hubbell,  in  the  ship  Sabina,  and  arrived  at  New  York  on  the  22d  of  April 
following,  after  an  absence  of  five  years,  leaving  the  business  of  the  house 
for  a  short  time  in  charge  of  competent  and  reliable  parties. 

[We  cannot  overlook  in  our  numerous  interviews  with  Mr.  H.  W.  Hub- 
bell, the  vivid  recollection  and  reference  that  he  makes  to  the  exciting  subject, 
which  engrossed  the  attention  of  the  public  on  this  his  first  landing  from  a  long 
sojourn  abroad :  tliat  of  the  building  of  two  ships  of  war  for  Greece,  by  Messrs.  Le- 
roy ,  Bayard  &  Co.,  and  G.  G.  &  S.  Howland ;  the  latter  at  a  later  period,  under  the 
firm  name  of  Howland  &  Aspinwall,  with  whom  in  our  sketch  hereafter  Mr. 
Hubbell  becomes  closely  related.  Probably  no  question  ever  engaged  the 
feeling  and  interest  of  the  citizens  of  New  York  in  those  days,  to  the  extent 
which  this  absorbing  topic  did.  Occurring  in  the  height  of  the  deep  sympathy 
for  the  Greeks  in  their  desperate  struggle  for  independence,  the  most  remark- 
able in  history,  the  eloquent  speeches  from  Webster,  Clay  and  Everett, 
intensified  the  feeling.  The  million  of  dollars  contributed  in  money,  in  ad- 
dition to  provisions  and  clothing,  largely  by  America,  to  build  two  small 
frigates  of  44  guns  each,  resulted  in  the  sale  of  the  one  to  the  United  States  to 
cover  the  cost  of  the  two.     Finally,  the  Greek  agent,  Mr.  Contostavlos,  a  gentle- 


•  Uuaacbaco  is  the  port  of  the  City  of  Truxiilo,  about  eight  miles  distant  in  a  Northwesterly  direction. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  131 

man  of  wealth  and  culture,  claimed  heavy  damages  of  Messrs.  G.  G.  &  S.  How- 
land,  the  financial  agents :  and  by  mutual  consent  his  demand  was  left  to  a 
tribunal  of  arbitration.  Mr.  Samuel  Williams,  the  eminent  and  sole  American 
banker  in  London  at  that  period ;  and  the  house  of  Messrs.  Ricardo  &  Co., 
also  a  respectable  London  firm,  were  involved  in  the  case.  The  Greek  fund  in 
the  custody  of  Ricardo  &  Co.  was  transferred  at  the  instance  of  the  Messrs. 
Howlands  to  their  correspondent,  Mr.  Williams.  Soon  after  the  removal  of 
the  account,  Mr.  Williams  suspended  payment  and  failed.  His  acceptances 
of  G.  G.  &  S.  Howland*s  drafts  were  in  course  protested  for  non-payment  and 
returned  to  New  York  with  heavy  damages.  This  unfortunate  and  unhappy 
occurrence  left  the  New  York  house,  in  connection  with  their  extravagant 
charges  and  disputed  commissions  in  the  buildings  armament,  and  equipment  of 
the  two  ships,  in  no  enviable  position.  Powerful  influence  bearing  upon  the 
arbitrators,  and  strongly  defended  by  the  Press,  led  to  a  verdict  acquitting  this 
prominent  firm  from  any  responsibility  in  the  disastrous  result  of  a  loss  of 
several  hundred  thousand  dollars,  which  overtook  the  unfortunate  Greeks  on  this 
occasion.  About  this  time  Messrs.  Leroy,  Bayard  &  Co.  suspended  payment 
and  failed,  and  were  not  involved  in  the  final  issue  as  between  the  Greek  agent 
and  Messrs.  G.  G.  &  S.  Howland.  The  one  ship  named  the  Hudson  made  but 
one  cruize  under  the  United  States  flag;  she  proved  of  slight  construction,  and 
was  condemned.  The  other  called  the  Hope  was  handeci  over  to  the  Greeks, 
and  destroyed  at  the  battle  of  Navarino,  October  1827,  in  which  the  combined 
fleets  of  England,  France,  and  Russia  annihilated  the  Turco- Egyptian  fleet,  and 
compelled  the  Sultan,  after  a  most  barbarous  war  of  seven  years,  to  acknowledge 
the  independence  of  Greece.] 

During  the  summer  of  1826,  Henry  was  commissioned  to  take  charge  of  a 
portion  of  the  cargo  of  the  Sadina  to  Carthagena  in  Colombia.  It  was  shipped 
in  the  brig  Tampico,  Captain  N.  B.  Palmer,  in  which  vessel  he  embarked,  and 
sailed  in  June,  making  a  remarkably  quick  passage  of  ten  days.  After  dispos- 
ing of  his  consignment  he  returned  to  New  York,  in  the  brig  Bunker  Hili, 
where  he  arrived  in  August,  1826. 

In  December,  1826,  a  voyage  was  made  up  to  load  the  ship  Sadina  with  a 
cargo  for  Rio  Janeiro*  and  the  West  Coast  of  the  Pacific.  She  sailed  De- 
cember 26,  1826,  under  command  of  Captain  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  and  consigned 
to  him  and  his  son,  Henry,  on  board  as  joint  Supercargos.  They  landed  a 
portion  of  the  cargo  at  Rio  Janeiro,  and  refilled  the  space  with  sugars. 
They  proceeded  thence  around  Cape  Horn  to  Valparaiso,  Lima,  Payta  and 
Guayaquil ;  thence  to  the  Sandwich  Islands,  at  which  places  they  realized  the 
outward  cargo,  and  with  the  proceeds  thereof,  mainly  in  Peruvian  dollars,  con- 
tinued the  voyage  to  Manilla,  where  they  arrived  in  October,  1827.     The  ship 


*  BlTerof  Jaonary. 


132  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

was  loaded  as  on  former  voyages,  with  Manilla  produce,  and  sailed  for  New 
York,  where  she  arrived  April  14,  1828,  performing  the  voyage  around  the 
world  in  fifteen  months  and  eighteen  days.  At  the  termination  of  this  adven- 
ture Captain  Hubbell  retired  from  the  sea  and  foreign  enterprises. 

In  October,  1827,  George  W.  Hubbell  returned  to  Manilla  in  the  ship 
America,  belonging  to  Messrs.  Thomas  H.  Smith  &  Son,  of  New  York,  where  he 
arrived  in  March,  1828,  and  occupied  his  former  position  as  chief  of  his  house. 
The  ship  was  laden  with  a  valuable  cargo  to  his  consignment.  After  landing 
a  portion  of  it  at  Manilla,  she  proceeded  to  China,  where  she  loaded  for  New 
York,  and  arrived  home  November,  i8'28.  During  his  visit  home  Mr.  Hub- 
bell increased  the  business  of  his  Manilla  house,  both  in  Europe  and  America. 
[Thomas  H.  Smith  &  Son,  the  largest  operators  engaged  in  the  China  trade 
at  that  time,  and  without  a  parallel  since,  suspended  payment  and  failed  in  July, 
1828.  During  the  spring  of  1827  they  shipped  1,500,000  Spanish  dollars  in 
coin,  in  addition  to  large  amounts  of  opium,  quicksilver,  furs  and  metals — 
followed  up  in  the  autumn  with  the  America  and  other  vessels  with  important 
shipments.  Aiming  at  a  monopoly  of  the  tea  traile  proved  a  rock  upon 
which  they  were  finally  wrecked,  carrying  down  several  Philadelphia  firms  and 
Messrs.  Smith  &  Nicol,  of  New  York.] 

In  May,  1828,  Henry,  as  Supercargo,  in  the  employ  of  Messrs.  Hoyt  & 
Tom,  sailed  in  the  sliip  Sabina  from  New  York,  under  the  command  of  Captain 
John  W.  Stirling,  with  a  valuable  cargo,  and  arrived  at  Manilla  in  the  month  of 
October  of  the  same  year.  With  a  return  cargo  she  sailed  for  New  York  in 
December  following,  where  she  arrived  May  i,  1829. 

In  June,  1829,  still  in  the  employ  of  the  same  house,  he  again  sailed  in 
the  Sabina,  Stirling,  Master,  and  arrived  at  Manilla  in  October,  1829.  Dispos- 
ing of  the  outward  investment,  he  proceeded  to  China,  and  arrived  at  Canton 
in  the  month  of  November  following.  With  ample  means  to  purchase  a  full 
cargo,  he  invested  his  funds  in  fine  tea,  and  sailed  for  New  York  the  26th  of 
December,  and  arrived  home  April  4,  1830,  in  the  short  passage  of  100  days. 
[During  his  sojourn  at  Canton  on  this  occasion,  it  may  be  noted  that  an  effort  was 
made  by  the  chief  of  the  East  India  Company's  factory  to  compel  the  Chinese 
to  permit  foreigners  to  live  at  Canton  with  their  families ;  and  sailors  armed 
with  guns  were  brought  up  from  the  company's  ships  at  Whampoa  to  resist 
any  attempt  to  coerce  the  ladies  away  ;  but  the  Viceroy  succeeded  in  dismissing 
them  after  an  altercation  of  several  months,  with  threats  to  stop  the  trade.  The 
debts  of  two  of  the  bankrupt  Hongs,  amounting  to  about  g2,ooo,ooo,  were  also 
settled  and  paid  by  six  instalments  with  12  per  cent,  interest,  and  the  united 
responsibility  of  the  Co-Hong  for  the  debts  of  its  members  to  foreigners 
ordered  to  cease.  An  important  event  which  occurred  this  year  (1829),  that 
of  the  opening  of  a  new  channel  to  the  American  trade  for  placing  funds  in 
China,  may  be  also  added.    For  many  years  Spanish  dollars  chiefly  furnished  the 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  133 

means  with  which  to  buy  a  return  cargo  of  tea  and  silks.  This  new  feature  in 
the  trade  was  a  confirmed  credit  on  Messrs.  Baring  Brothers  &  Co.,  of  London, 
for  ;£'2o,ooo,  negotiated  by  Mr.  John  C.  Greene,  then  Supercargo  of  the  ship 
Pmiama,  of  New  York.  These  bills  at  that  time  were  taken  by  remitters  to 
British  India  for  proceeds  of  opium  and  cotton,  and  sent  forward  by  heavy 
sailing  vessels  (called  country  ships)  to  Calcutta  and  Bombay.  Passing  through 
several  hands  in  India,  often  withheld  by  the  Hindoos  for  months,  and  finally 
four  months  in  transit  by  sea  around  the  Cape  of  Good  Hope  to  England,  cov- 
ered about  eight  months  from  the  date  of  the  bills  before  they  reached  Lon- 
don. Drawn  at  six  months'  sight  made  fully  fourteen  months  to  maturity  of 
the  acceptance.  On  reaching  London  they  were  so  disfigured  by  numerous 
native  endorsements  in  India  that  the  drawer's  name  occasionally  became  almost 
obliterated.  At  this  time  Mr.  Hubbell  had  authority  from  Messrs.  Hoyt&Tom, 
of  New  York,  to  draw,  if  needed,  on  Messrs.  Thomas  Wilson  &  Co.,  of  London, 
for  the  equivalent  of  sixty  thousand  dollars  in  sterling  at  Canton.  The  demand 
for  bills  on  England  by  remitters  to  India  was  so  great,  that  without  a  con- 
firmed London  credit,  his  exchange  was  taken  with  a  local  endorsement  at  a 
trifle  less  than  the  bills  under  the  credit  negotiated  by  Mr.  Greene.  These 
bills,  drawn  in  sets  of  ;^250,  at  six  months'  sight,  did  not  reach  London 
for  nine  months.  This  slow  transit  continued  until  the  opening  of  the  over- 
land route  through  Egypt,  in  1842,  when  correspondence  between  England, 
India  and  China  was  at  once  transmitted  in  about  fifty  days.  Soon  after  the 
expiration  of  the  East  India  Company's  China  branch  charter  in  1834,  the 
American  trade  has  been  principally  carried  on  through  the  medium  of  sterling 
exchange  under  letters  of  credit  on  London.] 

In  April,  1830,  soon  after  his  arrival  home,  he  took  passage  in  the  packet 
ship  Sylvanus  Jenkins  to  Liverpool.  His  immediate  business  in  England  was 
to  prepare  a  shipment  of  British  and  Scotch  goods  adapted  to  the  Manilla 
market,  in  anticipation  of  the  arrival  of  the  Sabina  at  Liverpool.  She  arrived 
in  June,  and  was  despatched  without  delay,  consigned  direct  to  George  W.  Hub- 
bell,  at  Manilla.  On  this  voyage  Anson  Ezekiel  Hubbell,  third  son  of  Ezekiel 
and  Catharine  Hubbell,  was  a  passenger.  He  was  born  at  Bridgeport,  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  April  17,  1807.  He  had  been  a  clerk  in  the  house  of 
Messrs.  Booth  &  Tuttlc,  New  York,  for  several  years,  looking  forward  to 
joining  his  brother  George  as  a  partner  in  the  house  at  Manilla.  He,  how- 
ever, died  on  the  passage,  and  was  buried  at  sea  August  4,  1830,  longitude 
30°  west,  latitude  28°  south. 

After  the  departure  of  the  Sabina,  Mr.  Hubbell  lingered  a  short  time  in 
England,  in  looking  after  and  enlivening  a  correspondence  with  his  bro- 
ther's house  at  Manilla.  At  this  time  the  political  condition  of  affairs  in  Eng- 
land and  France  was  unsatisfactory  and  threatening.  The  reform  agitation 
throughout  Great  Britain  was  increasing,  and  forebodings  of  future  events  were 


134  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

gloomy.  Trade  was  depressed,  confidence  shaken,  and  riots  fi-equent  through- 
out the  country.  During  this  short  interval  George  IV,  the  worn-out  volup- 
tuary, died  unlamented,  and  the  accession  of  William  IV  gave  little  hope  of  his 
favoring  reform.  This  state  of  things  impeded  business,  and  discouraged  him 
in  remaining  any  longer  in  England.  Early  in  July  he  left  London  and  visited 
France.  He  was  in  Paris  during  the  revolution,  which,  after  three  days*  severe 
fighting,  resulted  in  the  abdication  of  Charles  X*  in  favor  of  his  grandson,  the 
Duke  de  Bordeaux  (the  present  Count  de  Chambord,  then  ten  years  of  age),  and 
the  consequent  downfall  of  the  Bourbon  dynasty  and  accession  of  Louis  Phillip 
to  the  throne  of  France.  Having  no  special  object  in  remaining  any  longer 
on  the  Continent,  he  embarked  at  Havre  in  the  packet  ship  Edward  Bonnafe, 
and  arrived  at  New  York,  September  22d,  1830.  [It  is  worthy  of  note  at  this 
late  period — 1881 — that  during  his  visit  to  England  and  France  on  that  occa- 
sion, Mr.  Hubbell  did  not  meet  with  an  American  traveller  either  in  London 
or  Paris.] 

He  remained  at  home  until  April,  1 83 1,  when  he  again  embarked  in  the 
packet  ship  Sylvanus  Jenkins,  and  sailed  for  Liverpool,  having  in  charge  impor- 
tant commercial  matters  with  Messrs.  Thomas  Wilson  &  Co.,  of  London.  The 
renewal  of  the  East  India  Company's  branch  charter  with  China,  to  expire  in 
1834,  and  strongly  opposed  by  the  English  people,  was  then  under  discussion  in 
Parliament,  and  which,  directly  bearing  upon  his  future  plans,  he  watched  with 
great  interest.  In  London  his  information  was  eagerly  sought  for  with  refer- 
ence to  the  course  and  detail  of  shipments  of  British  goods  (of  the  same  character 
of  shipments  manufactured  for  the  East  India  Company)  for  American  account. 
About  this  time  Mr.  Joshua  Bates,  member  of  the  opulent  house  of  Messrs. 
Baring  Brothers  &  Co.,  of  London,  correspondents  of  Messrs.  Thomas  Perkins 
&  Co.,  of  Boston,  who  were  largely  engaged  in  shipments  from  England  to 
China  under  the  American  flag,  was  examined  before  a  committee  in  the 
House  of  Commons.  Important  information  obtained  from  him  regarding  the 
economy  of  the  business  as  carried  on  by  free  traders  hastened  the  determina- 
tion of  Parliament  not  to  renew  the  China  branch  of  the  East  India  Company. 

During  the  spring  he  prepared  a  cargo  of  goods  in  anticipation  of  the 
arrival  of  the  Sabina,  to  be  loaded  for  Manilla.  She  arrived  at  Liverpool  in  May 
under  the  command  of  Captain  William  Robinson,  and  despatched  in  June 
following.  Not  strong  in  health,  he  embarked  in  the  ship  and  proceeded  as  far 
as  the  Island  of  Madeira,  where  he  landed,  after  ten  days'  passage.  Without 
anchoring,  the  ship  proceeded  on  her  voyage  consigned  direct  to  his  brother 
George,  at  Manilla.     After  landing  her  cargo,  she  was  despatched  to  China, 


*  The  dethroned  King  with  his  Tamily  and  suite  embarked  on  board  the  American  ship  Charlu  Cbrrotf  at 
Cherbourg  and  lauded  at  CoweM,  and  immediately  repaired  to  the  Palace  of  Uoljrrood  and  Scotland.- 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY,  135 

and  loaded  at  Canton  for  New  York,  and  arrived  home  in  May,  1 832.  Making  a 
short  stay  at  Madeira,  Mr.  Hubbell  returned  to  London,  in  the  British  brig 
iPw^A^rj  where  he  arrived  in  August,  1 83 1.  He  remained  in  England  until 
October,  when  he  embarked  in  the  London  packet  ship  Cambria,  for  New  York, 
and  arrived  home  in  November,  1831. 

Soon  after  he  returned  home,  he  received  news  of  the  sudden  death  of  his 
brother  George,  who  died  at  Manilla,  on  the  3d  of  May,  1831,  in  the  thirty- 
fifth  year  of  his  age.  His  death  left  the  business  of  the  house  to  be  managed 
by  Mr.  John  McAuley,  in  winding  up  of  old  and  open  accounts,  which  was  con- 
ducted satisfactorily  to  all  concerned.  Meanwhile,  and  during  the  month  of 
December,  1831,  he  opened  a  negotiation  with  J.  W.  Peele,  of  Salem,  Massa- 
chusetts, who  was  then  about  sailing  for  Manilla,  as  Supercargo  of  the  ship 
Sapp/tire,  The  result  of  this  negotiation  was  an  arrangement  to  continue  the 
house  of  George  W.  Hubbell,  deceased,  at  Manilla,  with  J.  W.  Peele  and 
Henry  W.  Hubbell  as  co-partners,  and  reorganize  under  the  firm  name  of 
Peele,  Hubbell  &  Co.,  Mr.  Peele  to  remain  at  Manilla  as  the  resident  partner, 
associating  Mr.  McAuley  with  him  in  the  business.  At  this  time  Mr.  Hubbell's 
relations  with  England  and  China,  were  rapidly  extending,  and  unwilling  to  again 
settle  himself  permanently  at  Manilla,  it  was  agreed  that  he  should,  within  a 
certain  period,  supply  a  satisfactory  substitute  to  join  Mr.  Peele.  In  due  time 
Mr.  Henry  Lawrence,  of  New  York,  then  absent  on  the  west  coast  of  Chili  and 
Peru,  was  proposed  and  accepted  by  Mr.  Peele.  Everything  satisfactorily 
arranged,  the  Sapphire  sailed  and  arrived  at  Manilla  in  May,  1832.  Mr.  Peele, 
on  his  arrival,  accepted  the  services  of  Mr.  McAuley,  and  issued  circulars 
bearing  date  July  ist,  I832,  announcing  the  new  firm  of  Peele,  Hubbell  &  Co. 
On  the  first  of  July,  1834,  Mr.  Hubbell  retired,  and  in  the  same  circular  Mr. 
Henry  Lawrence,  then  at  Manilla,  was  from  that  date  admitted  a  partner.  Hr. 
McAuley  died  soon  afterwards.  Mr.  Hubbell  continued  to  advance  the  in- 
terest of  the  house  in  soliciting  consignments  and  extending  their  correspon- 
dence in  the  United  States,  England  and  China,  and  also  continued  active  per- 
sonal and  confidential  relations  with  them  on  his  own  account.  Mr.  Peele  and 
Mr.  Lawrence  retired  from  the  house  in  1843,  and  returned  home,  leaving  Mr. 
Alfred  H.  P.  Edwards,  Thomas  Pearce  and  William  H.  Osborn,  their  successors. 

After  arranging  with  Mr.  Peele  to  continue  the  Manilla  house,  he  char- 
tered the  fine  ship  Superior,  of  575  tons,  for  a  voyage  from  Liverpool  to  China 
and  New  York,  under  the  command  of  Captain  J.  W.  Sterling.  He  then  em- 
barked in  the  packet  ship  Hibernia,  February  I,  1832,  for  Liverpool.  The 
financial  arrangements  to  carry  out  his  plans  in  this  enterprise  he  made  with 
Messrs.  Peter  Remsen  &  Co.,  of  New  York.  They  furnished  him  with  credits 
on  Messrs.  Timothy  Wiggin  &  Co.,  of  London,  to  the  extent  of  ;^50,ooo,  to  be 
used  in  making  advances  on  British  goods  for  English  account,  to  be  shipped  by 


136  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY, 

the  Superior,  and  consigned  to  him  under  arrangements  whereby  the  proceeds  in 
China  should  be  invested  in  tea  and  silks,  and  returned  by  the  same  ship  con- 
signed to  Messrs.  Peter  Remsen  &  Co.  for  account  of  the  concerned.  This 
house,  George  B.  Reese,  of  Philadelphia,  and  Henr>'^  W.  Hubbell  were  equally 
interested  in  the  charter  of  the  ship,  and  also  the  commissions  in  China  and 
America;  also,  in  shipments  made  on  their  joint  account  from  other  sources. 
The  ship  sailed  from  Liverpool  May  20th,  1832,  and  arrived  at  Canton  on  the 
loth  of  September  following.  After  'realizing  for  this  x'aiuable  consign- 
ment about  $400,000,  the  ship  was  laden  with  a  cargo  of  fine  tea,  silks,  etc, 
and  sailed  for  New  York,  where  she  arrived  April  21st,  1833.  [It  may 
be  admissible  to  state  that  this  enterprise  was  conceived  and  arranged  in 
England  in  183 1-2,  at  a  time  the  East  India  Company's  commercial  privi- 
leges with  China  and  monopoly  of  the  trade  was  drawing  to  a  close.  The 
regal  manner  in  which  the  business  was  conducted,  and  the  enormous 
expenses  which  it  involved,  compelled  the  company  to  require  excessive 
prices  for  their  tea,  which,  in  addition,  paid  a  duty  of  four  shillings  sterling  per 
pound.  Their  Supercargos  and  the  chief  of  the  factory  at  Canton  were  sup- 
ported in  princely  elegance ;  their  patronage  at  home  competed  for  at  extrava- 
gant bids,  and  their  ships,  merchant  men-of-war,  mounting  30  guns.  This 
extravagance  had  created  a  growing  feeling  of  grave  dissatisfaction.  The 
English  people  were  unwilling  any  longer,  as  a  tea-drinking  nation,  to  endure 
the  enormous  prices  which  the  system  involved,  and  a  determination  of  the 
country  to  have  the  trade  with  China  opened  was  irresistible.  About  this 
time  the  great  measures  of  reform,  which  had  passed,  inaugurated  a  new  state 
of  things  politically,  and  Parliament  finally,  after  168  years*  monopoly  by  a 
powerful  and  influential  trading  company,  fixed  upon  1834  as  the  time  the 
Company's  charter  would  expire,  when  British  relations  with  that  country 
should  be  thrown  open  to  free  trade.] 

The  cargo  per  Superior^  and  shipment  of  surplus  funds  by  other  vessels, 
were  sold  immediately  on  arrival,  and  resulted  in  a  fair  and  satisfactory  return 
to  the  parties  in  England  and  all  others  interested,  and  terminated  the  charter 
of  the  ship. 

Mr.  Hubbell  remained  at  home  a  few  months.  During  the  interval  he 
chartered  the  ship  Albion^  Putnam,  Master,  for  a  voyage  to  Liverpool,  China, 
and  back  to  New  York.  He  then  embarked  in  the  packet  ship  Caledonia 
August  i6th,  and  arrived  at  Liverpool,  September  7th,  1833.  Anticipating  the 
arrival  of  the  Albion^  he  had  made  ready  for  shipment  British  goods,  mainly 
on  English  account,  under  advances,  and  on  her  arrival  he  loaded  and 
despatched  her  in  October,  consigned  direct  to  his  friends,  Messrs.  Gordon 
&  Talbot,  at  Canton.  He  then  remained  in  England  awhile,  looking 
afte^lBhinterest  of  Messrs.    Peele,  Hubbell  &  Co.     During  this  period  the 


afte^k^int 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  137 

abolition  of  slavery  was  decreed,  Parliament  voting  the  enormous  compensation 
of  twenty  millions  sterling  to  the  owners  of  600,000  slaves,  and  the  country  still 
rejoicing  over  the  great  political  victory  of  the  reform  bill,  which  passed  in 
1832,  the  people  were  clamorous  for  a  coronation.  In  October,  1833,  William 
IV  and  Queen  Adelaide  were  crowned  with  great  splendor  in  Westminster 
Abbey.  Soon  after  witnessing  this  imposing  and  solemn  ceremony,  he  embarked 
in  the  packet  ship -^^.yr^^  for  New  York,  where  he  arrived  December  2d,  1833. 
In  January,  1834,  he  interested  himself  in  the  one-half  purchase  of  the  ship 
York,  and  also  the  control  of  her  voyage  to  England  and  China.  He  embarked 
in  February  in  the  packet  ship  Europe  for  Liverpool  to  prepare  in  advance  a 
cargo  of  British  goods.  The  ship  soon  followed,  and  arrived  in  due  season. 
On  this  occasion  Alexander  Hubbell,  the  fifth  son  of  Ezekiel  and  Catharine 
Hubbell,  born  at  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  June  13th,  18 13, 
was  a  passenger.  He  was  then  twenty-one  years  of  age,  and  had  been  a 
clerk  in  the  Connecticut  Bank  at  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  of  which  insti- 
tution his  father  was  President.  He  was  now  employed  to  assist  his  brother 
Henry  in  the  voyage  of  the  York,  and  fit  himself  for  business  in  China.  On 
the  20th  of  April  the  ship,  under  command  of  Captain  J.  W.  Sterling,  and 
ready  for  sea,  Mr.  Hubbell  and  his  brother  embarked,  and  on  the  15th, 
1834,  they  arrived  at  Canton.  [The  charter  of  the  China  branch  of  the 
East  India  Company  expiring  at  this  time,  a  peaceful  continuance  of  the  trade 
was  somewhat  dubious,  and  for  awhile  interrupted  business.  The  Chinese 
required  new  regulations  in  their  future  intercourse  with  the  English.  The 
Viceroy  of  Canton  was  unwilling  to  recognize  the  newly-appointed  super- 
intendent* of  the  British  trade,  the  Right  Honorable  Lord  Napier,  who  was  sent 
out  by  the  King,  and  arrived  with  his  suite  in  July,  1834,  and  soon  after  pro- 
ceeded to  Canton.  The  refusal  of  his  Lordship  to  confer  with  the  Hong  mer- 
chants, and  of  the  Governor  to  receive  any  communication,  except  a  petition, 
placed  the  two  parties  in  an  awkward  position.  The  Company  had  always 
sent  their  communications  through  the  Hong  merchants  as  a  petition.  The 
close  confinement  which  his  Lordship  had  been  obliged  to  observe  after  his 
arrival  in  July,  and  the  servants  in  his  factory  having  all  left,  and  the  trade 
stopped  by  order  of  the  Viceroy  on  the  2d  of  September  had,  in  addition  to 
the  harassing  nature  of  his  position,  seriously  impaired  his  health,  and  on  the 
14th  of  September  he  announced  his  determination  to  retire  to  Macao  until 
reference  could  be  made  to  England.  As  soon  as  his  Lordship  had  left  Canton 
trade  was  resumed,  and  continued  with  quiet  and  regularity.  The  suffering 
and  annoyances  he  experienced  on  the  passage  down  to  Macao  were  too  much 
for  his  debilitated  frame,  and  he  died  soon  after  his  arrival  at  that  place  a  few 
months  after  landing  in  China.  This  event  prepared  the  way  to  the  subsequent 
contest  in  1839  and  1840.] 

13 


138  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Disposing  of  the  outward  cargo  of  the  York  and  purchasing  a  return  one 
of  tea,  he  sailed  from  Canton  December  31,  1834,  and  arrived  at  New  York, 
April  14th,  1835. 

During  the  summer  of  1835,  Mr.  Hubbell  entered  into  a  joint  charter  of 
the  ship  Mattakeesett  with  his  friends,  Messrs.  Howland  &  Aspinwall,  to  load 
her  on  joint  account  with  British  and  Scotch  goods  for  Manilla  and  China. 
He  proceeded  to  Liverpool  in  the  packet  ship  Caledonia^  where  he  arrived  the 
loth  of  September.  He  prepared  cargoes  in  advance  of  the  arrival,  not  only 
for  the  chartered  ship,  but  also  for  the  ship  York.  They  were  both  loaded, 
despatched,  and  sailed  the  same  day.  The  York  to  China  direct,  consigned  to 
Messrs.  Gordon  &  Talbot,  at  Canton, and  the  Mattakeesett  to  Messrs.  Peele,  Hub- 
bell  &  Co.,  Manilla.  On  the  ist  of  December,  1835,  he  returned  to  New  York  in 
the  packet  ship  Europe,  where  he  arrived  January  2d,  1 836.  On  the  3 1  st  of  March 
following,  he  married  Jane  Maria,  daughter  of  Charles  Bostwick,  Esq.,  of 
Bridgeport,  Connecticut. 

During  the  winter  of  1836,  he  again  chartered  the  ship  Superior,  under  the 
command  of  Captain  John  W.  McEwen,  for  a  voyage  direct  from  New  York 
to  China  and  back.  She  sailed  in  May,  consigned  to  Gordon  &  Talbot,  at  Can- 
ton. His  brother  Alexander  was  a  passenger  under  an  arrangement  to  be  em- 
ployed in  the  counting-room  of  the  consignees.  She  loaded,  mainly  with 
freight,  and  arrived,  on  her  return  home,  in  May,  1837.  Alexander  continued 
in  the  employ  of  his  friends  at  Canton,  until  November,  1837,  when  his  health 
failing,  he  was  obliged  to  leave  China.  He  returned  home  in  the  ship  Nabob, 
and  arrived  at  New  York  in  May,  1838,  and  died  August  31st,  1840,  aged 
twenty-seven  years. 

The  York  arrived  on  her  second  return  voyage  from  China  in  January,  1837, 
via  Batavia,  and  the  Mattakeesett  soon  after,  from  Manilla  direct,  when  her 
charter  ceased.  These  two  cargoes,  coming  on  the  market  at  a  time  the 
country  was  upon  the  verge  of  universal  bankruptcy,  trade  paralyzed  and 
during  the  winter,  the  suspension  of  the  Bank  of  the  United  States,  and  the  failure 
of  three  prominent  London  banking  houses  Messrs.  Thomas  Wilson  &  Co.> 
Timothy  Wiggin  &  Co.,  and  George  Wildes  &  Co.,  all  extensively  involved  in 
their  relations  with  America,  it  is  unnecessary  to  remark  that  the  result  was 
disastrous  to  all  concerned. 

The  York  made  a  third  voyage  to  China  direct  and  back,  and  on  her  return 
home  she  arrived  in  May,  1839,  and  was  sold.  This  closed  Mr.  Hubbell's  rela- 
tions with  his  friend  George  B.  Reese,  of  Philadelphia.  Peter  Remsen  &  Co. 
went  into  liquidation  in  1836. 

During  the  year  1839,  he  entered  into  an  arrangement  with  Messrs.  Howland 
&  Aspinwall  to  represent  them  in  China,  for  a  period  of  years  in  a  joint  business 
between  China  and  New  York.     They  purchased  the  ship  Luconia,  of  500  tons 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  139 

register,  each  one-half  interested,  as  a  commencement  of  the  business.  She 
proceeded  to  Mobile  for  a  cotton  freight  and  arrived  at  Liverpool  in  May, 
I S39.  Meanwhile,  with  his  family,  he  sailed  in  the  packet  ship  Gladiator,  February 
28th,  1839,  for  London  with  a  view  of  taking  them  with  him  to  China.  Looking 
after  some  special  business  for  his  New  York  friends,  and  arranging  credits  and 
other  means  for  the  China  enterprise,  at  the  same  time  extending  their  correspon- 
dence in  England,  gave  him  full  employment.  Troubles  in  China  foreshadowed, 
caused  his  family  to  return  to  New  York  early  in  June  in  the  packet  ship  Roscius, 
commanded  by  Captain  Collins.  The  Luconia  arrived  at  Liverpool  and  with 
little  delay  discharged  her  inward  freight,  and  taking  in  ballast  only,  she  was  soon 
despatched.  Mr.  Hubbell  embarked  in  her.  She  sailed  on  the  i8thof  June,and 
arrived  in  China  waters  October,  1839.  He  found  the  British  trade  stopped  and 
immediate  relations  between  England  and  China  interrupted,  and  war  imminent. 
[The  details  and  merits  of  the  opium  question  which  ended  in  war  between 
England  and  China,  the  latter  paying  an  indemnity  to  the  former  of  ;$2 1,000,000 
for  the  opium  destroyed  by  China,  and  expenses  of  the  war,  is  now  a  matter  of 
history.  An  interesting  account,  and  the  most  reliable  record  of  that  war  may 
be  found  in  Dr.  W.  S.  Williams*  Middle  Kingdom,  Vol.  II.]  Nonintercourse 
with  the  English,  however,  led  to  profitable  employment  for  the  Luconia^  and 
also  the  ship  Ann  McKim^  consigned  to  his  care.  Covering  British  property 
inward,  disposing  of  it  and  investing  the  proceeds  in  tea  and  raw  silk,  and 
getting  it  away  from  Canton  under  the  American  flag,  was  a  source  of  great 
profit  to  the  American  merchants  resident  at  Canton,  who  became  the  medium 
of  the  English  houses  in  covering  and  conducting  the  business  of  this  vast 
amount  of  property. 

After  employing  his  two  ships  for  six  months  in  transporting  British  prop- 
erty between  Canton  and  the  outer  anchorages,  and  the  season  drawing  to 
a  close,  he  despatched  the  Luconia  to  Manilla  to  load  for  New  York; 
During  the  season  he  had  shipped  largely  of  tea  to  London,  transhipped 
to  English  ships  outside  of  the  Canton  River,  in  preference  to  shipping 
to  the  United  States.  His  health  not  good  at  that  time,  he  was  unwilling 
to  remain  in  China  any  longer;  and  as  the  Ann  McKim  was  safely  out 
of  the  river,  with  a  full  cargo  of  tea  and  raw  silk,  on  joint  account 
with  his  New  York  friends,  and  the  trade  permanently  interrupted  at  the 
near  approach  of  the  British  naval  forces  and  transports,  he  decided  to 
return  home  in  this  ship.  Expecting  the  arrival  of  the  Ship!  Konohassett  daily 
from  the  west  coast  of  Chili  and  Peru  to  his  cdnsigriment,  he  made  arrange- 
ments with  his  friends,  Messrs.  Jardine,  Mathesori  8e  Co.,  to  detain  her  on  arrival 
until  the  expected  blockade  of  the  Canton  River  was  raised,  and  then  load 
her  with  a  full  cargo  of  tea  for  account  of  the  concerned,  consigned  direct  to 
Messrs.   Howland  &  Aspinwall,  New  York.     Immediately  on  arrival  of  the 


I40  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

English  naval  forces  in  China  waters,  and  notice  of  the  blockade  officially  an- 
nounced, he  sailed  on  the  25th  of  June,  1840,  and  calling  at  Batavia  and  St 
Helena,  arrived  at  New  York  in  November  following.  He  left  the  ship  off  the 
coast  of  New  Jersey  in  a  pilot-boat,  instructing  the  captain  to  remain  near  to 
Sandy  Hook  until  he  received  orders  from  New  York  to  come  into  port,  and 
meanwhile,  to  communicate  with  no  one.  He  reached  New  York  the  same 
evening,  and  proceeded  to  Mr.William  H.  Aspinwall's  residence,  in  College  Place, 
where  he  remained  incog,  until  Tuesday  morning  following.  The  Luconia^  from 
Manilla,  with  sugars  and  hemp,  arrived  a  few  days  after  the  Ann  McKim.  The 
effect  of  the  news  of  the  blockade  of  the  Canton  River,  of  which  he  was  the  bearer, 
may  be  readily  imagined  and  unnecessary  on  this  occasion  to  furnish  it.  We 
therefore,  continue  our  sketch  under  a  changed  state  of  things.  Supercargos 
were  abolished  about  the  year  1840.  Commission  houses  established 
throughout  the  Eastern  world,  and  competition  of  trade  so  great  that 
foreign  enterprise  could  no  longer  bear  the  expense,  and  thereafter  ships 
went  and  continue  to  go  consigned  direct  to  established  houses.  [The 
name,  Supercargo,  originated  centuries  ago,  with  the  British  East  India 
Company.  Their  agents  abroad  were  known  as  Supercargos,  and  their  resi- 
dences and  places  of  business  were  called  factories.  To  become  a  Super- 
cargo and  reach  the  responsibility  of  a  voyage  to  China  was  the  height  of 
the  ambition  of  the  young  American  in  the  counting-room  of  mercantile 
houses  fifty  years  ago.  Frequently  navigating  unknown  seas,  visiting  remote 
places  of  trade,  and  declining  to  take  any  correspondence,  carried  with 
it  a  never-failing  source  of  interest  as  compared  with  maritime  commerce  of 
the  present  day,  when  science  has  brought  navigation  to  such  perfection,  and 
reliable  sailing  directions  and  charts  for  every  sea  in  common  use,  and  trade 
now  opened  and  overdone  with  all  parts  of  the  world,  leaves  little  of  interest 
to  anticipate  in  any  direction  to  which  foreign  enterprise  may  be  invited.] 

Soon  after  Mr.  Hubbell  left  China,  arrangements  were  made  with  the  author- 
ities at  Canton  whereby  tea  found  its  way  down  the  inner-passageto  Macao,  a  dis- 
tance of  one  hundred  miles,  and  both  American  and  English  ships  succeeded  in 
obtaining  cargoes.  Meanwhile  the  Konohassett  arrived,  and  was  loaded  with  a  full 
cargo  of  green  tea  and  sailed  for  New  York,  where  she  arrived  in  July,  1841. 
The  cargo  was  sold  immediately  and  resulted  in  a  very  profitable  voyage. 

In  the  winding  up  of  the  joint  business  on  tfiis  occasion,  Mr.  Hubbell  con- 
sidered himself  independent  and  resolved  to  withdraw  from  foreign  commerce  and 
quietly  settle  himself  at  New  York  City,  but  the  taste  for  distant  adventures  still 
lingering,  induced  him  not  only  to  continue  his  relations  with  China,  but  to  in- 
crease his  interest,  and  entrust  it  to  the  management  of  agents  abroad.  He  en- 
tered into  new  arrangements  with  his  friends  Messrs.  Howland  &  Aspinwall,by 
which  the  Shipy<7//«  G,  Costar'WdiS  purchased,  in  one-fourth  of  which  he  became 
interested,  and  which,  added  to  his  one-half  interest  in  the  Ship  Luconia,  and 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  141 

at  this  time  one-fourth  of  the  Ann  McKim,  he  at  once  found  himself  engaged 
in  a  business  of  no  little  moment.  The  managing  owners  were  to  furnish  am- 
ple funds  to  load  these  ships  through  letters  of  credit  on  London,  and  other 
means,  making  their  commissions  for  so  doing,  and  thus  the  business  was  in- 
augurated. In  1842  these  plans  were  in  the  course  of  operation.  Mr.  William 
Lawrence,  of  New  York,  the  recognized  agent  of  Messrs.  Howland  &  Aspinwall, 
in  China,  and  approved  by  Mr.  Hubbell,  was  passenger  in  the  Ami  McKim.  She 
sailed  late  in  November,  1840,  and  the  Luconia  soon  followed  via  Bombay.  For 
some  time  after  his  arrival  at  Canton  he  unfortunately  found  himself  embarrassed 
with  two  ships  in  port  under  his  care.  The  one  lying  at  her  anchors  seven  months, 
and  the  other  a  much  longer  period.  Meanwhile,  Mr.  Lawrence  suddenly  died, 
which  event  left  matters  in  an  unpleasant  situation.  At  a  later  period,  under  ad- 
vices and  instructions  from  the  owners,  the  two  ships  were  finally  loaded  by 
Messrs.  Jardine,  Matheson  &  Co.,  and  despatched  direct  to  New  York.  The 
John  G,  Costar,  with  Mr.  R.  P.  Dana  on  board  as  Supercargo,  arrived  at  Canton 
in  August,  1842,  from  Bombay,  with  a  cargo  of  India  cotton  on  owner's  accoimt, 
Having  other  means  under  his  control,  he  awaited  the  forthcoming  crop  and  . 
loaded  his  ship  with  a  cargo  of  fresh  tea,  and  sailed  for  New  York  in  December, 
1842, and  arrived  the  middle  of  April,  1843.  The  longdetentionofthe  two  ships, 
and  thereby  losing  the  season,  brought  their  cargos  to  an  over-loaded  market, 
and  the  result  proved  disastrous.  Mr.  Hubbell  was  the  great  sufferer  and  left  in  a 
position  so  weakened,  and  displeased  with  the  management  of  the  business, 
that  he  was  unwilling  to  continue  his  interest  and  risk  the  chances  of  success 
through  the  same  channel  in  which  he  had  met  with  disaster.  The  vacancy 
made  by  the  death  of  Mr.  Lawrence  was  filled  by  Mr.  Samuel  Comstock,  and 
closed  Mr.  Hubbell's  relations  with  this  distinguished  firm.  This  unfortunate 
result  led,  in  1846,  through  the  influence  and  kind  feelings  of  these  friends, 
with  whom  he  had  been  in  close  relations  of  business  for  many  years,  to  placing 
him,  with  his  moderate  means  still  left,  in  a  domestic  business  with  which  he  was 
unacquainted.  An  unsuccessful  experience  in  this  new  field,  terminated  in  1847, 
in  the  unfortunate  liquidation  of  a  limited  business  in  a  very  short  spaceof  time.* 
With  a  view  to  recover  his  losses  experienced  from  1 843  to  1 847,  he  resolved 
to  turn  his  attention  to  his  former  field  of  operations  in  China,  and  sailed  from  New 
York  in  the  Steamship  Niagara,  June  25th,  1849,  for  England :  thence  by  the 
Peninsular  and  Oriental  Steamer  Ripon,  from  Southampton  to  Gibraltar,  Malta 
and  Alexandria.  From  Alexandria  through  the  Mahmoody  Canal  to  Rosctta; 
and  thence  by  an  Egyptian  Steamer  up  the  Nile  to  Cairo.  Remaining  a  few 
days  at  Cairo  and  its  vicinity,  he  took  his  leave  of  the  Pyramids  and  the  tombs 
of  the  Caliphs,  and  proceeded  across  the  desert  on  camels  and  donkeys,  eighty- 


*Mr.  Lftwrence  was  in  no  wise  answerable  for  the  detention  of  the  two  ships,  and  fully  exonerated  from  all 
pooalbility. 


142  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

four  miles  to  Suez,  at  the  head  of  the  Red  Sea.  Here  passengers  found  shelter 
in  a  large  hotel,  belonging  to  the  Pasha  of  Egypt,  with  tolerable  accommoda- 
tions. [There  was  nothing  of  special  interest  to  break  the  monotony  in  travel- 
ing over  a  sandy  desert,  except  the  mirage,  between  two  and  four  o'clock  in 
the  afternoon,  when  the  sands  are  heated,  and  which  at  first  sight  presents  a 
strange  illusion,  and  occasionally  a  Gazelle  or  Antelope  seen  bounding  across 
the  beaten  camel  tracks  traveled  by  caravans  for  thousands  of  years  between 
the  valley  of  the  Nile  and  the  Red  Sea.  At  Suez,  a  wretched  filthy  Arab  town 
of  about  2,500  inhabitants,  he  was  detained  several  days  waiting  the  arrival  of 
the  steamer  from  India  with  homeward-bound  passengers.  During  the  interval 
he  ventured  on  a  donkey  to  the  "  Wells  of  Moses,"  called  in  scripture  *'Mahra'* 
or  bitter  waters;  about  nine  miles  south  of  Suez  on  the  eastern  side  of  the  sea 
in  Arabia  Petrea,  where  it  is  supposed  the  Israelites  first  halted  after  their 
exodus  from  Egypt.  The  water  of  these  wells  he  found  saline  and  brackish ; 
and  still  used  by  the  Arabs  at  Suez,  transported  thither  daily  in  hog  skins  on 
camels  and  donkeys.] 

The  Steamer  Precursor  from  Calcutta  finally  made  her  appearance ;  and 
afler  coaling,  the  outward-bound  passengers  gladly  rushed  on  board.  Soon 
made  ready  to  start  on  her  return  trip  to  India,  she  weighed  anchor  and  pro- 
ceeded down  the  sea  to  Aden  (the  Gibraltar  of  the  East,  now  in  possession  of 
the  English),  on  the  coast  of  Arabia,  historically  called  **Araby  the  blest :" 
thence  to  Point  de  Galle  on  the  coast  of  Ceylon.  At  this  place  the  jjassengers  for 
China  were  transferred  to  the  Steamer  Pekin,  and  proceeded  thence  across  the 
bay  of  Bengal,  through  the  straits  of  Malacca,  calling  at  Penang  and  Singapore, 
and  thence  to  Hong  Kong,  where  she  arrived  October  20th,  1849.  [Nothing 
particular  occurred  during  the  trip  from  Suez  except  the  unusual  weather 
experienced  in  the  southern  part  of  the  Sea.  The  distance  from  Suez  to 
the  straits  of  Bab  el  Mandeb,  the  outlet  of  this  sea,  is  about  twelve  hundred 
and  fifty  miles;  and  the  average  passage  by  steamer  about  six  days.  The  third 
day  out,  after  leaving  the  Gulf  of  Suez,  an  extraordinary  atmosphere  encom- 
passed the  route.  The  sea  was  smooth,  with  not  over  a  ten  mile  northerly 
breeze,  which,  with  a  southerly  course  and  speed  of  the  steamer,  produced 
almost  a  calm.  The  sun  not  glaring;  no  clouds;  everything  in  the  dim  dis- 
tance wearing  a  reddish  appearance ;  thermometer  never  rising  above  92°  :  at 
the  same  time  a  sensation  of  terrible  heat  and  great  prostration.  Passengers 
suffered  with  vertigo  and  were  frequently  struck  down  when  walking  the  deck, 
and  there  was  no  relief  beyond  bathing  the  head  continuously  with  sea  water  to 
create  a  moisture  on  the  heated  skin.  The  temperature  of  the  water  was  from  four 
to  si.K  degrees  higher  than  the  atmosphere,  peculiar  to  the  southern  portion  of 
the  Red  Sea.  During  the  three  days  two  deaths  occurred,  and  all  suffered  more 
or  less.  The  sixth  day  out  from  Suez,  early  in  the  morning,  to  the  joy  of  all 
on  board,  the  steamer  passed  through  the  straits  into  the  Arabian  Sea,  when  as 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  143 

if  by  magic  every  one  was  relieved.  The  simoon  that  prevailed  and  had  been 
blowing  in  the  southern  part  of  the  sea  all  the  month — as  reported  by  the 
Arabs  at  Aden — was  something  more  than  a  severe  sirocco  and  cannot  be  de- 
scribed. While  the  good  ship  traveled  along  steadily  over  a  smooth  sea,  a 
solemn  silence  seemed  to  seize  the  officers  and  all  on  board.  The  crew, 
although  natives  of  India,  realized  the  unusual  weather.  The  mercury  in  the 
barometer  ranged  at  extreme  low  figures,  and  as  subsequently  reported  by  pro- 
fessional writers  then  in  Egypt,  and  in  that  vicinity,  it  was  something  that  had 
not  been  experienced  for  many  years,  and  the  most  unfavorable  month  to 
pass  the  Red  Sea.] 

After  ascertaining  the  condition  and  prospects  for  business  in  China 
under  the  new  regulations  of  trade  with  foreign  countries,  he  visited  Ma- 
nilla. At  this  place  he  loaded  the  Bremen  Ship  Aristides  for  New  York 
and  returned  to  China  in  the  French  Ship  Paquete  d Bordeaux,  In  March,  1850, 
he  sailed  from  Hong  Kong  in  the  Peninsular  and  Oriental  Steamer  jWiZ/^;  on  his 
return  to  America,  by  the  same  route  which  he  passed  over  on  his  outward 
journey,  and  arrived  at  Southampton  25th  May.  He  proceeded  to  London 
and  soon  after  embarked  in  the  Steamer  Canada  at  Liverpool,  and  calling  at 
Halifax  arrived  at  Boston  June,  1850.  [At  Point  de  Galle,  passengers  from 
China  were  transferred  as  usual  to  the  homeward-bound  steamer  from  Calcutta 
making  the  connection  at  that  place.  On  board  this  steamer,  Prince  Jung 
Bahadoorand  suite — Prime  Minister  of  the  Kingdom  of  Nepaul — were  passen- 
gers. They  occupied  a  large  portion  of  the  accommodations  on  board  for 
which  they  paid  46,000  rupees,  or  its  equivalent,  ;SJ20,ooo.  This  young  dashing 
fearless  Oriental,  had  murdered  his  uncle  Mahtabar  Singh,  for  which  he  was 
awarded  a  place  in  the  new  ministry.  Soon  after,  in  1846,  he  shot  down  four- 
teen Nobles  with  his  own  hand,  in  the  audience  hall  of  the  Palace,  which  made 
him  Prime  Minister.  A  narrative  of  these  savage  acts  and  reasons  therefor  he 
calmly  and  willingly  related.  He  was  **  en  route  "  as  Ambassador  to  England 
with  costly  presents  to  Queen  Victoria.  Upon  the  eve  of  landing  at  South- 
ampton the  Prince  presented  to  each  of  the  passengers  on  board  a  heavy  bladed 
short  hanger,  or  sword,  used  by  the  Nepaulese  Infantry  when  charged  upon  by 
Cavalry  at  close  quarters.  At  the  time  of  his  envoy  to  England  he  was  thirty- 
four  years  of  age.] 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  engaged  at  home  for  some  time  in  winding  up  and 
settling  the  estate  of  his  mother,  who  died  during  his  absence,  at  the  age  of 
seventy-five  years.  In  February,  1 85 1,  he  again  embarked  on  his  return 
to  China  in  the  American  Steamer  Franklin,  via  England.  Finishing  his 
business  in  London,  he  took  passage  in  the  Peninsular  and  Oriental  Steamer 
Euxine,  and  sailed  from  Southampton,  following  the  same  route  as  on  his 
previous  voyage  through  the  Mediterranean  to   Egypt  and  across  the  desert 


144  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

to  Suez.  On  this  occasion  he  made  the  transit  of  Egypt  in  comfortable  two- 
wheel  vans  arranged  for  six  passengers,  and  drawn  by  six  Arab  horses.  Con- 
tinuing from  Suez  by  steamer  down  the  Red  Sea  and  through  the  Arabian,  In- 
dian and  China  Seas,  he  arrived  at  Hong  Kong  in  May,  185 1.  He  was 
occupied  at  Canton  about  ten  months,  except  a  short  interval,  during  which  he 
made  a  visit  to  Manilla  where  he  loaded  the  British  Ship  Blackfriars  for 
New  York,  and  returned  to  China  in  the  French  Ship  VUle  de  Paris.  She 
was  the  first  vessel  under  the  English  flag  with  a  cargo  from  Manilla  to 
America  after  the  removal  of  discriminating  duties  against  foreign  bottoms. 
His  China  orders  all  executed,  and  his  interest  suddenly  calling  him  home,  at 
the  request  and  desire  of  his  friends  to  consult  with  him  in  the  building  of 
ships  suitable  for  the  China  trade,  he  left  Canton  March,  1852.  Pursuing  the 
ordinary  overland  route  through  Egypt,  he  embarked  at  Alexandria  and  landed 
at  Marseilles ;  thence  by  rail  to  Paris  and  thence  to  London.  At  Liverpool 
he  sailed  in  the  American  Steamer  Baltic  and  arrived  at  New  York 
the  middle  of  June  following.  Making  arrangements  to  return  immediately 
to  China  and  there  to  remain  for  several  years,  he  took  passage  in  the 
American  Steamer  Atlantic  and  sailed  from  New  York  August  i6th,  1852,  for 
Liverpool.  From  London  he  proceeded  to  Paris,  Marseilles  and  Alexandria ; 
thence  by  the  old  beaten  track,  called  the  "  overland  route,"  and  arrived  at 
Hong  Kong  October  i6th,  1852.  From  this  time  onward  he  was  perma- 
nently occupied  at  Canton,  and  with  success,  until  March  25th,  1856,  when  he 
took  his  leave  of  China  for  the  last  time.  [His  sojourn  in  Eastern  Asia  and 
its  Archipelago,  and  his  extensive  correspondence  therewith,  covered  from 
time  to  time  a  period  of  about  thirty-five  years  of  almost  continuous  relations 
with  those  countries  from  his  early  visit  to  Manilla  in  1 821,  and  Canton  in 
1823.  During  this  period,  his  personal  observation  of  events  included  some 
or  most  of  the  great  changes  both  commercial  and  political  to  which  that 
Ancient  Empire  of  China  has  had  to  succumb  in  her  relations  with  Western 
Nations:  and  we  may  add  the  sailing  and  return  of  the  United  States  Naval 
Expedition  from  China  waters  to  Japan  under  command  of  Commodore  Perry, 
which  resulted  in  a  favorable  treaty  negotiated  with  that  country  in  August, 
1854,  by  which  Japan  became  opened  to  commercial  intercourse  with  the  United 
States  of  America.]  He  returned  by  the  regular  overland  route  and  after  leav- 
ing Egypt,  he  varied  his  former  Mediterranean  trips  and  passed  through  the 
Ionian  Islands  to  Corfu  and  Trieste.  From  Trieste  he  made  a  short  visit 
across  the  Adriatic  to  V^enice  and  back :  thence  to  Vienna,  Prague,  Dresden, 
Berlin,  Leipsig,  Cologne,  Paris  and  London  to  Liverpool,  where  he  took  pass- 
age in  the  Steamship  Asia  for  New  York  and  arrived  home  the  first  of  July, 
1856,  after  an  absence  of  about  four  years. 

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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  US 

cares,  he  made  arrangements  to  go  abroad  with  his  family  to  pass  a  year  in 
Europe.  With  his  wife  and  eldest  daughter,  the  latter  then  eighteen  years  of 
age,  he  sailed  in  the  American  steamer  Fulton,  on  the  20th  of  November,  1856, 
for  Havre,  making  the  passage  in  twelve  days ;  passed  the  winter  in  Italy, 
and  availed  of  the  summer  months  for  traveling  on  the  continent;  also, 
through  England  and  Scotland.  On  his  return  home  he  embarked  in  the 
Cunard  steamer  Persia,  Captain  Judkins,  and  arrived  in  New  York  in  the 
month  of  October,  1857,  after  a  passage  short  of  nine  days  from  Liverpool. 

This  trip  terminated  his  travels  by  sea,  a  tabulated  statement  of  which  is 
hereto  annexed.  Throughout  this  vast  distance,  traversed  in  almost  every  sea, 
he  was  never  overtaken  by  accident  or  distress  of  any  nature,  though  he  had 
many  narrow  and  providential  escapes.  His  voyages  and  distances  sailed, 
which  summarize  over  370,000  miles,  would  hardly  be  worthy  of  notice  if  com- 
pared with  the  authentic  reports  of  professional  navigators  and  naval  officers. 
The  annexed  table  is  furnished  simply  as  the  historic  record  of  a  merchant ; 
every  voyage  stated  was  entered  upon  with  a  carefully  conceived  and  special  ob- 
ject in  view,  which  system  continued  by  sailing  vessels,  as  before  stated,  until 
about  1840.  The  character  and  magnitude  of  his  business  from  early  life  were 
such  as  assured  him  relations,  both  social  and  commercial,  with  the  leading 
houses  of  the  great  mercantile  centres  of  the  world.  Few  of  his  countrymen 
living  at  the  time  this  brief  narrative  is  written  can  more  fully  and  accurately 
refer  to  prominent  commercial  events  at  home  and  abroad,  and  to  political 
questions  connected  therewith,  for  more  than  half  a  century,  than  the  principal 
subject  of  this  sketch ;  but  we  are  constrained  to  pass  on  to  the  most  eventful  and 
the  most  trying  experience  of  his  life,  already  covering,  though  brief,  more  space 
than  we  intended  to  occupy.  To  do  it  justice  and  relate  in  extenso  the  mag- 
nitude of  his  business  operations  from  1857  to  1868,  which  abruptly  terminated 
in  an  unnecessary  assignment,  covering  liabilities  of  over  three  millions  of 
dollars,  fails  to  come  within  our  assigned  limits.  The  winding  up  of  these 
vast  transactions  at  home  and  abroad ;  the  irregular  management  and  liabili- 
ties of  the  assignees,  one  of  them  a  defaulter  for  a  large  amount  in  his 
trust ;  the  enormous  and  unnecessary  sacrifice  of  property,  estimated  at  nearly 
Jl500,ooo;  the  useless  litigation  created  by  attorneys,  which  alone  absorbed  no  less 
than  ^175,000,  including  cost  of  administration ;  the  extraordinary  manipulation 
and  novel  proceedings,  unheard  of  in  the  settlement  of  a  commercial  embar- 
rassment, would  furnish  material  for  a  volume  of  no  small  dimensions,  a 
few  salient  points  of  which  is  all  we  can  give  to  complete  this  hastily  written 
sketch. 

Conversant  with  maritime  commerce  and  its  relations  with  China  and 
Eastern  Asia  generally,  Mr.  Hubbell  interested  himself,  in  1857,  with  friends  to 
some  extent  in  tonnage,  mainly  as  an  investment  in  the  freighting  business, 

14 


146  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

especially  with  those  countries ;  and  at  the  same  time  with  a  view  to  pleasant 
occupation  in  conducting  the  correspondence  and  occasionally  interesting  him- 
self and  the  other  owners  in  small  adventures  in  aid  of  giving  dispatch  to  these 
ships.  With  a  foreign  credit  ample  to  meet  his  moderate  requirements,  he  con- 
fined himself  within  a  safe  and  narrow  compass,  not  desirous  of  again  exposing 
himself  to  commercial  hazard,  and  quite  content  and  satisfied  with  his  then 
pecuniary  condition.  Thrown,  however,  into  the  atmosphere  of  distant  opera- 
tions through  these  limited  investments,  he  unfortunately  soon  found  himself 
again  interested  in  a  very  extensive  business,  and  in  1864  the  sole  correspon- 
dent, and  also,  to  some  extent,  managing  owner  of  no  less  than  twelve  ships  and 
steamers,  and  connected  therewith  a  heavy  importer  of  merchandise  from  India, 
China,  Manilla,  and  Eastern  Asia  generally ;  also,  relations  with  England. 
The  extensive  correspondence,  which  the  business  entailed,  and  the  charms  of 
which  still  maintaining  its  ascendency  in  the  various  branches  of  domestic 
and  foreign  enterprise,  led  him  to  a  point — not  unusual  in  the  course  of  a  large 
business — where  he  required  assistance.  Unexpectedly,  his  associate,  Mr.  R. 
L.  Taylor,  a  capitalist,  became  alarmed  at  the  extent  of  their  liabilities ;  and 
at  the  moment,  his  mind  demoralized  and  incapacitated  to  calmly  view  the 
situation,  he  was  unfortunately  over-influenced  by  his  friend  and  confidential 
adviser,  Mr.  John  R.  Gardner,  and  in  face  of  a  very  large  amount  of  available 
securities,  and  without  consulting  Mr.  Hubbell,  he  decided  upon  the  sui- 
cidal act — quite  ignorant  of  the  consequences  to  follow — ^and  hastily  made 
an  assignment.  Mr.  Hubbell,  overtaken  with  surprise,  not  for  a  moment  en- 
tertaining even  such  a  possibility,  was  compelled,  after  great  urging,  to  ex- 
ecute the  fatal  instrument  conjointly  with  his  friend,  Mr.  Taylor.  Mr.  Gardner, 
the  principal  of  the  three  assignees,  at  once  assumed  the  sole  management  of 
the  assets,  and  while  recklessly  realizing  a  large  amount  of  the  property,  sud- 
denly died,  when  it  was  discovered  he  was  a  heavy  defaulter  in  his  trust  cover- 
ing over  one  hundred  thousand  dollars,  aside  from  a  much  larger  amount  pre- 
viously loaned  to  him  by  his  friend,  Mr.  Taylor,  upon  his  (Gardner's)  sole 
responsibility;  while  endeavoring  to  retrieve  the  immense  losses  he  had 
incurred,  he  held  the  agency  and  full  powers  of  attorney  of  Messrs.  Fielden 
Bros.,  a  rich  banking  house  in  England.  This  position,  with  an  unlimited  credit, 
gave  him  a  high  and  strong  standing,  far  above  and  beyond  suspicion.  It  enabled 
him  to  conceal  his  unfortunate  private  speculations  and  shortcomings  of  several 
years'  growth,  until  finally,  led  to  desperate  alternatives,  he  conceived  the  ulti- 
mate hope  of  overcoming  his  embarrassments  by  the  use  of  the  assigned  assets. 
Meanwhile,  his  principals  in  England  were  unknowingly  suffering  in  a  large 
amount  of  trust  funds  and  balances  in  his  hands  belonging  to  them,  all  of  which 
startling  facts  his  death  only  brought  fully  to  light.  But  for  this  unfortunate 
position,  and    his  'great  influence  with    Mr.  Taylor   and    his   friends,  within 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY,  147 

six  months,  such  was  their  visible  success,  as  shown  subsequently,  Taylor  & 
Hubbell  would  have  been  financially  relieved.  On  the  contrary,  the  estates 
once  in  the  hands  of  attorneys  under  an  assignment  to  a  controlling  power, 
which  Mr.  Gardner's  standing  gave  him,  it  was  utterly  impossible,  under  such 
circumstances,  to  arrest  the  destructive  course  of  the  property.  Had  there  been 
the  slightest  doubt  or  suspicion  of  his  financial  condition,  or  had  Mr.  Taylor 
been  possessed  of  greater  powers  of  mind  and  firmly  stood  upon  his  financial 
strength,  no  fatal  result  would  have  befallen  them,  as  they  were,  in  face  of  very 
heavy  losses,  unquestionably  solvent;  but  panic-stricken,  as  he  was,  and  his 
feelings  intensified,  under  the  influence  which  Mr.  Gardner  wielded,  caused  the 
disastrous  and  unhappy  event. 

In  August,  1874,  the  joint  assignment  of  Taylor  &  Hubbell,  also  their 
individual  estates  were  released  by  the  assignees  and  the  assignors  reinstated. 
At  the  same  time  individual  releases  between  Mr.  Taylor  and  Mr.  Hubbell 
were  also  exchanged.     Mr.  Taylor  died  in  January,  1879. 

We  may  add,  that  during  Mr.  Hubbeirs  home  commercial  life  he  was 
a  member  of  the  Chamber  of  Commerce,  and  one  of  the  original  founders  of 
the  Mutual  Life  Insurance  Company;  also,  a  trustee  of  several  institu- 
tions, and  one  of  the  early  members  of  the  Union  League  Club.  He  was  a 
liberal  contributor  to  the  expenses  of  the  war,  and  among  others  assisted 
President  Lincoln  in  the  sum  of  $\OQO  each,  his  salary  being  then  only 
^25,000  currency  per  annum. 

In  view  of  the  many  ancient  and  eminent  houses  of  the  past  to  which 
we   have    had    occasion  to   refer   in   our   narrative  as  overtaken  by  misfor 
tune,  and  with  whom  the  living  subject  of  our  sketch  had  extensive  rela- 
tions, it  may  not  be  considered  inappropriate  in  closing  to  record  the  follow- 
ing lines,  that — 

"  In  the  fluctuation  of  mercantile  speculation  there  is  something  cap- 
tivating to  the  adventurer,  even  independent  of  the  hope  of  gain.  He  who 
embarks  on  that  fickle  sea  requires  to  possess  all  the  skill  of  the  pilot  and 
fortitude  of  the  navigator,  and  after  all,  may  be  wrecked  and  lost,  unless  the 
gales  of  fortune  breathe  in  his  favor.  This  mixture  of  necessary  attention 
and  inevitable  hazard,  the  frequent  and  awful  uncertainty,  whether  prudence 
shall  overcome  fortune,  or  fortune  baffle  the  schemes  of  prudence,  affords  full 
occupation  for  the  powers  of  the  mind,  and  trade  has  all  the  fascinations  of 
gambling,  without  its  moral  guilt." 


Note.— The  Author  has  Included  In  this  sketch  much  that  is  irrelcTaut;  howerer,  as  many  of  the  paasaget 
are  iniereatlog,  he  hopes  they  will  be  read  with  satbfaction. 


HARVEY  HUBBELL,  of  Long  Hill,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  is 
a  gentleman  so  well  known  to  members  of  the  Hubbell  Family,  that  I  deem  it 
superfluous  to  write  his  biographical  sketch,  preferring  to  give  an  original 
letter  received  from  him  a  few  months  ago,  believing  that  it  tells  the  story  of 
his  life  in  a  much  more  effective  manner  than  my  humble  pen  could  presume. 
I  also  append  an  article  from  the  Bridgeport  Standard  of  March  the  6th, 
1878,  written  in  commemoration  of  the  celebration  of  his  eightieth  birth- 
day. 

'■  LosG  Hiu^  Fairfield  Coistt,  Coswecticut,  Jaly,  I8S0. 
Walter  Hubbell,  £s>4., 

Dear  Sir  :  According  to  prorabe  I  give  with  107  poor  trembling  haocl,  •  brief  historr  of 
mv  life ;  if  it  b  of  an;  uite  to  .roa,  or  sdt  one,  jiou  are  welcome  to  it,  if  not,  please  put  it  unoag 
your  waste  papers. 

I  take  from  the  old  ftmilj  Bible :  '  Harvet-  was  born  March  tith,  ITST.'  in  the  town  of  Hnnt- 
in((ton  (now  Monroe),  in  County  of  Fairfield,  State  of  ConnecticuL     After  receiving  a  common- 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  149 

school  education,  I  served  four  years  as  an  apprentice  to  tlie  tailoring  business  with  my  father.  At 
the  age  of  twenty,  my  father  gave  me  my  time,  and  in  company  with  three  other  young  men,  I 
started  for  the  then  far-off  State  of  Ohio  to  seek  my  fortune.  We  were  thirty-three  days  on  our 
journey,  leisurely  walking  from  place  to  place.  I  settled  down  at  my  trade  in  Columbus  (the 
capital  of  the  State),  and  after  spending  a  little  less  than  two  years,  returned  to  Connecticut  to 
marry  a  lady  to  whom  I  was  previously  engaged.  On  my  return  home  my  father  entreated  me  to 
give  up  the  West  and  remain  in  Connecticut  for  his  sake.  I  did  so,  and  settled  in  Weston  (now 
Easton),  in  Fairfield  County.  I  took  apprentices  and  drove  the  business  pretty  strong,  but  living 
at  a  central  location  I  was  put  forward  as  a  military  captain,  then  as  justice  of  the  peace,  and  in 
every  conceivable  form  I  had  offices  more  than  I  could  attend  to,  and  found  them  not  at  all  profitable. 
I  found  that  it  interfered  with  my  business,  and  in  1836,  sold  out  and  removed  to  New  York  City, 
where  I  had  charge  of  a  large  clothing  house  in  the  New  Orleans  trade.  Subsequently  1  became 
a  partner  under  the  name  of  Taylor,  Hubbell  &  Co.  We  did  a  flourishing  business ;  the  year  the 
war  of  the  Rebellion  broke  out  our  assets  were  $853,000,  and  our  liabilities  $125,000,  but  so 
recklessly  was  the  war  waged  that  we  had  barely  enough  money  to  pay  our  debts  before  it  was 
ended.  In  1862  I  removed  my  family  to  Long  Hill,  Connecticut,  where  I  located  a  factory  for  the 
manufacture  of  gentlemen's  underwear,  and  was  successful  in  doing  a  business  sufiiciently  large  to 
restore  in  part  my  former  prosperity,  and  now  in  my  old  age  have  enough  to  live  upon  without 
anxiety  or  scantiness  of  living. 

I  was  married  to  my  first  wife  at  about  twenty-two  years  of  age,  and  we  had  five  children : 
Orange  Scott  Hubbell,  Charles  Elliott  Hubbell,  Harriet  Atwood  Hubbell,  John  Wesley  Hubbell, 
and  Wilbur  Fisk  Hubbell.  In  1856  I  was  married  to  my  second  wife,  and  we  had  three  children, 
Carrie  Hubbell,  Harvey  Hubbell,  and  Carrie  L.  Hubbell.  The  first,  Carrie,  died  when  but  six 
months  old  (a  sweet  child,  now  lying  in  Greenwood). 

The  above  is  a  brief  outline  of  my  career.  I  could  write  a  volume  that  would  be  of  interest 
to  no  one  but  myself.  Now,  friend  Walter,  if  the  foregoing  is  worthy  of  your  notice,  you  can 
make  any  alterations  you  may  think  advisable,  but  if  it  is  worthy  of  record,  I  cannot  consent  to 
have  it  go  before  the  world  without  an  expression  of  my  profound  reverence  for  the  Christian 
religion,  and  a  thorough  conviction  that  sound  morals,  and  a  just  sense  of  religious  responsibility, 
are  essentially  connected  with  all  true  and  lasting  happiness.     W^ith  profound  respect, 

I  am  yours  very  truly, 

HARVEY  HUBBELL." 

"On  Tuesday  afternoon  and  eve,  the  6th  of  March,  1878,  a  numerous  company  of  relatives 
and  friends  gathered  at  the  residence  of  Harvey  Hubbell,  Esq.,  to  celebrate  the  anniversary  of  his 
eightieth  birthday.  Mr.  Hubbell  has  reached  the  age  of  fourscore  years  with  his  faculties  of 
mind  and  body  preserved  to  a  remarkable  degree,  and  presents  in  his  old  age  a  fine  specimen  of  a 
true  Christian  gentleman.  Before  the  war  of  the  Rebellion,  he  was  located  in  New  York  City,  and 
was  a  member  of  a  mercantile  firm  for  the  manufacture  of  fine  clothing,  doing  the  largest  business 
of  the  kind  in  the  country.^  Very  extensive  salesrooms  for  these  goods  wei-e  also  established  in 
New  Orleans,  La.  But  of  late  years  Mr.  Hubbell  has  retired  to  this  vicinity,  not  far  from  the 
home  of  his  childhood,  and  established  the  business  known  throughout  the  county  as  '  Hubbell's 
Factory  of  Long  Hill.'  Here  a  very  thriving  business  is  carried  on,  and  labor  given  to  hundreds  of 
people,  the  sewing  machines  are  run  by  steam  power,  and  fifty  hands  are  employed  to  attend  them 
(mostly  women).  Work  is  also  sent  in  all  directions  into  many  of  the  households  of  the  town  and 
adjoining  communities,  thus  carrying  with  it  the  opportunity  of  labor  and  the  comforts  which  indus- 
try brings.  Mr.  Hubbell  is  a  most  excellent  Christian  gentleman,  possessing  noble  traits  of  manly 
character,  is  a  thorough  business  man,  and  has  a  large  circle  of  friends  and  acquaintances  who 
hold  him  in  the  highest  esteem  and  cherish  towards  him  a  very  warm  affection.  His  vigorous 
old  age  and  comfortable  surroundings  are  the  natural  and  just  rewards  of  a  long  life  of  industry 


ISO  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

and  Chritftian  yirtue.  He  is  now  at  leisare,  the  btisineas  being  conducted  bv  his  stepson.  G.  F. 
Hadlej.  May  many  years  yet  be  given  him  in  the  evening  of  his  life.  Social  pastimes  and  coo- 
yersation  were  the  order  of  the  hoar.  His  pastor  being  necessarily  absent,  some  remarks  were 
made  with  mnch  feeling  by  Rev.  N.  T.  Merrin,  eulogvttic  of  the  man  whose  anniversary  the  com- 
pany were  celebrating.    A  prayer  dosed  the  entertainment" 

Written  by  "  A  Visitor."* 


SAMUEL  HUBBELL,  of  Baltimore,  Baltimore  County,  Maryland,  son 
of  Aaron  Hubbell  and  Betsey  Jennings,  was  bom  in  1804,  in  Fairfield  Count}', 
Connecticut;  was  a  graduate  of  Princeton  College,  studied  divinity,  and  became 
a  Presbyterian  minister  in  Baltimore.  *He  married  Catharine  Tilden,  daughter 
of  Mr.  Tilden,  of  the  Eastern  Shore  of  Maryland.  They  had  but  one  child, 
Rachel  Eliza.  The  Rev.  Mr.  Hubbell  died  of  yellow  fever  while  on  a  visit  at 
his  father-in-law's  house.  His  widow  married  Major  O wings,  of  Baltimore, 
who  died  soon  after.  Rachel  Eliza  Hubbell  married  Leon  Barnard,  an  English- 
man. He  died  leaving  one  child,  Catharine  Barnard,  who  at  the  present  time 
(1881)  resides  with  her  mother  in  Baltimore. 


HIRAM  HUBBELL,  of  Altamont,  Labette  County,  Kansas,  son  of 
Peter  Hubbell  and  Sally  Hurlburt,was  bom  in  Danbury,  Connecticut,  Novem- 
ber I  ith,  1805,  and  died  in  1878,  as  can  be  seen  by  the  following  obituary  from 
the  Unadilla,  New  York,  Times,  of  January  2d,  1879: 

"  In  Altamont,  Labette  County,  Kansas,  November  17th,  1878,  at  his  residence,  after  a  short 
illness,  Hiram  Hubbell,  aged  73  years  and  6  days. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  bom  in  Danbury,  Connecticut,  and  while  a  lad  his  parents  moved  to  Scho- 
harie County.  In  early  life  he  was  apprenticed  in  this  village  to  Deacon  Seeley,  a  blacksmith, 
whom  he  served  seven  years.  He  married  Melissa,  daughter  of  Abijah  Cady,  in  Masonville,  and 
with  his  younger  brother,  Solon,  moved  to  Butternuts,  and  engaged  in  carriage-making.  His 
natural  mechanical  turn  of  mind  and  fondness  for  machinery  and  working  of  metals,  led  him  to 
associate  himself  with  H.  R.  Torrey,  the  pioneer  of  the  foundry  and  machine  shop  of  that  place. 
The  early  death  of  Mr.  Torrey  induced  him  to  come  back  to  Unadilla  and  start  the  foundry  and 
machine  shops  contracted  by  him  with  Weidman  &  Lara  way.  He  ran  them  successfully  for  a  number 
of  years*  doing  a  general  business,  making  woollen  machinery  a  specialty.  Unpleasant  copartner- 
ship connections  induced  him  to  sell  his  interest,  and  he  moved  to  Waverly,  New  York,  and 
finally  to  the  West,  where  he  lived  up  to  the  time  of  his  death.  He  was  rather  liberal  in  his  views, 
a  strong  Henry  Clay  Whig,  with  anti-slavery  sympathies ;  an  earnest  Methodist  of  over  40  years, 
a  conscientious,  consistent  Christian,  and  died  steadfast  in  the  faith.  The  peculiar  affection  of  the 
throat,  of  which  he  died,  prevented  him  from  expressing  himself  in  the  latest  hours  of  his  life.  He 
leaves  a  wife  and  seven  children,  and  numerous  friends  to  mourn  his  loss.'' 


•  Topied  from  the  Bridgeport  ''Standard^'  by  Miss  Carrie  L.  Hubbell,  of  Long  Hill,  Fairfield  Coaoty,  Cbnnec- 
licut,  and  seot  to  the  Author  for  this  work. 


^•^-c*-^  II 


^^^...^2^^^^<^_^ 


LUMAN  HUBBELL,  of  Winsted  {in  Winchester),  Litchfield  County,  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Silliman  Hubbell  and  Hannah  Taylor,  was  born  in  Danbury, 
Connecticut,  August  28th,  1797. 

His  parents  moved  to  Winchester  in  1800,  and  at  the  age  of  fourteen  years 
he  was  apprenticed  to  Earl  P.  Pease,  a  woollen  manufacturer  of  Norfolk,  Con- 
necticut, and  took  up  the  branch  of  "  blue  dyeing,"  in  which  he  became  so  pro- 
ficient that  he  received  one  thousand  dollars  per  year  for  his  services,  "  a  lai^e 
salary  in  those  days." 

He  resided  in  Massachusetts  for  several  years,  and  returned  to  Winsted  in 
1828,  where  he  became  a  permanent  resident. 

In  1831  he  formed  a  partnership  with  Mr,  Coe,  under  the  -firm  name  of 
Coe  &  Hubbell.     A  large  business  was  established  by  this  house,  and  in  1846 


152  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

they  erected  a  new -store,  and  were  preparing  to  move  into  it  when  Mr.  Hub- 
bell  was  attacked  by  a  sudden  illness,  from  which  he  died  October  8th,  1846. 

He  had  struggled  from  boyhood  to  "  raise  himself  up  "  into  what  proved 
to  be  a  noble  manhood. 

His  efforts  in  the  temperance  cause  were  successful,  and  the  deep  and 
heartfelt  interest  he  took  in  the  emancipation  of  the  slaves  in  the  South  showed 
that  he  really  believed  that  all  men  were  equal  in  the  eyes  of  the  law.  His 
unobtrusive  piety  endeared  him  to  all.  He  was  a  kind  neighbor,  and  was  ever 
foremost  in  all  public  improvements. 

During  his  busy  life  he  held  many  offices  of  trust,  and  had  a  decided  taste 
for  agricultural  pursuits,  being  at  his  death  a  breeder  of  Devonshire  cattle. 


LUCAS  HUBBELL,  of  Phelps,  Ontario  County.  New  York,  son  of 
Hickok  Hubbell  and  Ann  Loomis,  was  born  in  Lanesborough,  Massachusetts, 
in  1793. 

He  was  tutor  and  professor  in  the  University  of  Vermont  (in  Burlington), 
and  afterwards  became  pastor  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  in  Lyons,  New  York, 
remaining  there  for  fifteen  years,  removing  to  Phelps,  New  York,  where  he  died 
in  1 846,  after  a  pastorate  of  seven  years. 


JAMES  HUBBELL,  of  Rochester,  Monroe  County,  New  York,  son  of 
Ezra  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Owen,  was  born  in  Peekskill,  New  York,  January 
7th,  1798. 

He  graduated  at  the  New  York  Medical  College  in  1824,  and  commenced 
the  practice  of  medicine  in  Palmyra,  New  York,  the  following  year.  He  was 
a  prominent  physician  in  Palmyra  for  thirty  years,  and  finally  removed  to 
Rochester,  where  he  bought  a  large  tract  of  land  in  the  northeastern  part  of  the 
city,  and  continued  in  the  real  estate  business  until  his  death. 

Dr.  Hubbell  was  at  one  time  a  Presbyterian,  but  united  with  the  North 
Street  Methodist  Episcopal  Church  in  185 1. 

He  was  wise  in  counsel,  devoted  in  spirit,  liberal  in  giving  and  faithful  in 
duty.     In  him  the  poor  and  unfortunate  always  found  a  friend. 

He  died  November  13th,  1863,  and  in  his  will  left  a  legacy  of  JI500  to  the 
church,  also  a  building  lot  for  a  parsonage. 


WILLIAM  DAVID  HUBBELL,  of  Columbia,  Boone  County,  Missouri, 
son  of  Ezra  Hubbell  and  Alice  Lewis,  was  born  January  12th,  1798,  in  what  is 
now  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  153 

His  father  was  a  sea  captain,  and  was  lost  at  sea  in  January,  1805,  while  on  a 
voyage  from  St.  Bartholomew  to  St.  Kits,  and  his  mother  died  soon  after,  and 
was  buried  in  the  Episcopal  Cemetery  in  Stratford,  Connecticut. 

In  1810  he  went  to  reside  with  his  uncle,  Captain  William  Hubbell,  near 
Georgetown,  Kentucky,  an  account  of  whose  terrible  battle  with  Indians  can  be 
seen  on  page  85. 

Mr.  Hubbell  is  a  successful  business  man,  and  is  much  respected. 

A  very  complete  account  of  his  remarkably  active  career  has  been  given  in 
the  Richmond  Cofiservator  {^xchTtxond,  Ray  County,  Missouri),  of  March  nth 
and  1 8th,  1881. 


MILOW  W.  HUBBELL,  of  Delaware  County,  New  York,  son  of  Joseph 
Hubbell,  was  born  February  17th,  1798,  and  died  February  20th,  1880.  His 
obituary  notice  is  given  in  full. 

'*  Died,  at  his  late  residence,  near  Kelley's  Corners,  Delaware  County,  New  York,  after  an 
illness  of  several  weeks,  Milow  W.  Hubbell,  aged  eighty-two  years,  three  days.  Deceased  was 
bom  in  the  State  of  Connecticut;  his  parents  and  grand-parents  emigrated  to  this  State  while  he 
was  quite  young,  and  settled  on  what  is  now  known  as  'Hubbell  Hiir  while  the  country  was  a 
wilderness,  where  deer,  bears,  and  wolves  roamed  unmolested. 

While  in  his  fifteenth  year  he  accepted  (as  a  substitute)  the  place  of  a  conscript  in  the  war 
of  1812,  and  was  in  the  army  three  months  when  it  was  disbanded,  and  he  was  discharged. 

His  father  died  at  forty-five  years  of  age,  and  he  assumed  the  responsibility  of  caring  for 
his  widowed  mother  and  the  younger  children,  laboring  hard  to  procure  a  subsistence. 

At  the  age  of  twenty-one  he  married  Mary  Faulkner,  with  whom  he  lived  nearly  fifty-four 
years  (surviving  her  nearly  seven  years),  to  whom  were  born  eleven  children — seven  sons  and  four 
daughters— seven  of  which  still  survive. 

Deceased  was  a  man  of  untiring  integrity  as  a  tiller  of  the  soil.  Strong  and  unflinching, 
as  a  politician,  in  his  political  views  (in  early  years  having  held  different  offices  in  the  town),  and 
unswerving  in  his  religious  views.'' 


LORING  CURTIS  HUBBELL,  of  Champlain,  Clinton  County,  New 
York,  was  born  in  Lanesborough,  Massachusetts,  April  1st,  1798,  is  the  son 
of  VVolcott  Hubbell,  of  Lanesborough,  and  his  wife  Mary,  daughter  of  Major 
Thaddeus  Curtis,  a  veteran  of  the  Revolution. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  admitted  to  the  Bar  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  New  York 
in  1823. 

In  1829,  he  married  in  Pensacola,  Florida,  Mrs.  Amelia  Noriega,  widow 
of  Colonel  Jose  Noriega  of  the  Spanish  Army. 

Julius  Loring  Hubbell  was  born  of  this  marriage,  in  Naples,  Italy,  De- 
cember 6th,  1 84 1,  and  was  baptized  under  the  United  States  Flag,  in  the 
presence  of  Mr.  Hammet,  United  States  Consul,  by  Rev.  Mr.  Remy,  protestant 

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PHtLO  FATTERSOX  HL'BBELL.  oc  \Vni.3Ci  Wla-Doa  CcKinry.  Mirme- 
v>Ci.  -^-ir.  oe  Strjtm-^i  H^iborll  ia-i  Fctnfrna  HavcSeti  Partersoa.  was  bom  in 
the:  v>->BtL  '/  ?i:nitc  prvrt.  Sciub«i  C>anrj%  Xe^r  York,  Febniar>'  I.  1799^ 

?>Ir.  H-b(>:Il  '*is  •*  brought  up  a  ttrmer"  uatil  1 32 1,  when  he  went  to 
^TTiOr.rLi^i  O^-iary  :a  hi?  native  stare  to  '.-ish  reLatf'.-es,  and  while  there  was 
f^Ckff^^^fi  '*jy  Mr.  Wiloox,  who  had  a  contract  oc  the  Elrie  Canal,  tor  whom  he 
worker:  at  dnll:r.g  rocks,  for  which  he  received  ten  dollars  per  month  and 
Sv'/ird,  rtmaining  with  h:5  employer  until  the  drilling  was  finished  in  the  fell. 
llf:  th';ti  entered  th*  store  of  William  Girt^an,  by  whom  he  was  employed  for 
one  year,  at  the  expiration  of  which  he  was  employed  in  the  store  of  Richard 
and  George  Petrie. 

In  1^25  he  was  engaged  by  James  \V.  Goodman,  a  merchant  of  Claiborne, 
A;a^>arr.a,  a  ho  .va.:;  to  establish  a  business  in  Mobile,  in  the  aforesaid  state. 
L'n fortunately,  the  vessel  in  which  the  goods  were  shipped  was  wrecked  at  or 
n'lar  K'ry  We-,t,  t'lorida.  and  the  enterprise  ended. 

In  1826  he  returned  to  New  York,  and  visited  his  parents  in  Steuben 
O^unty,  after  which  he  returned  to  Little  Falls,  Herkimer  Count\%  where  he 
T'::n'^\T\':(\  until  the  faM  of  1827,  when  he  went  to  Bufiaio,  New  York,  where  he 
married  Mihs  Ann  Eliza  Backus,  on  June  26,  1828. 

In  the  spring  of  1829  he  visited  his  old  home  in  Painted  Post,  with  his 
wife. 

In  the  spring  of  1831  he  opened  a  hotel  and  was  its  proprietor  for  twelve 
years.  The  Post  Office  was  established  at  his  hotel,  and  he  was  appointed 
Postmaster,  a  position  he  held  for  several  years,  a  change  in  the  administration 
rjiusing  his  removal. 

In  1842  he  was  appointed  superintendent  of  the  "Chemung  Canal  and 
Feeder/'  and  held  the  position  for  three  years. 

In  1845  he  removed  to  Windsor  Locks.  Connecticut, and  in  1846  returned 
to  hi->  o!d  home  in  Painted  Post,  Xew  York. 

In  1 847  he  moved  to  Corning,  Xew  York,  where  he  embarked  in  mercantile 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  155 

business,  and  was  appointed  Postmaster,  an  office  he  held  until  removed  by  a 
change  in  the  administration. 

In  the  fall  of  1850  he  was  elected  clerk  of  Steuben  County,  and  held  the 
office  for  three  years. 

In  June,  1856,  he  moved  with  his  family  to  Winona,  Minnesota,  where  his 
eldest  daughter  was  residing,  having  married  Mr.  Charles  Henry  Berry,  in  1850. 

During  the  construction  of  the  Winona  and  St.  Peter  Railroad,  Mr. 
Hubbell  was  appointed  Inspector  by  Governor  Sibley. 

He  has  held  the  office  of  County  Commissioner  for  fifteen  years  in  Wi- 
nona County,  is  an  elder  in  the  Presbyterian  Church  of  Winona,  and  has  been 
a  member  of  the  Masonic  Fraternity  since  1820.  As  a  christian,  as  an  honor- 
able man,  kind  husband  and  father,  he  is  loved  and  respected  by  all  who  know 
him. 

From  "  The  Winona  (weekly)  Republican,''  of  Wednesday,  February  9th, 
1881: 

"  Masonic  Hall,  in  this  city,  was  the  scene  of  an  unusually  large  and  pleasant  assemblage  on 
Tuesday  evening,  the  Ist  inst.,  the  occasion  being  a  reunion  and  reception  given  by  Winona  Lodge, 
No.  18,  A.\  F.*.  and  A.'.  M.*.  in  honor  of  P.  P.  Hubbell,  Past  Master,  Past  Deputy  Grand  Master, 
and  Grand  Prelate,  being  his  eighty-second  birthday  anniversary. 

About  150  members  of  the  order  were  present,  including  members  from  St.  Paul,  Hastings, 
a  delegation  of  twenty  from  Rochester,  together  with  others  from  Chatfield,  St.  Charles,  Lewiston, 
Stockton,  Kasson,  Minneapolis,  Anoka,  Benson,  Pickwick,  Lake  City,  St.  Peter,  Rushford,  Lacrosse 
and  Milwaukee. 

Immediately  after  the  lodge  had  been  called  to  order,  Father  Hubbell  entered  the  hall, 
accompanied  by  the  Committee  of  Escort.  Father  Hubbell  was  introduced  to  the  Worshipful 
Master,  T.  A.  Richardson,  by  Brother  I.  B.  Cummings,  chairman  of  the  Committee  on  Escort. 

Upon  taking  the  position  &4  the  acting  Master  of  the  Lodge,  Father  Hubbell  expressed  his 
thanks  lor  the  greeting  and  privilege  extended  to  him,  remarking  that  in  this  his  desire  to  have 
the  pleasure  of  opening  the  Lodge  again  was  fully  gratified.  He  then  conducted  the  opening 
ceremonies,  during  which  a  prayer  was  offered  by  Rev.  J.  J.  Hillmer,  Chaplain  of  the  Lodge. 

On  assuming  charge  Brother  Dye  stated  that  the  first  order  of  the  exercises  would  be  a 
reception  greeting,  giving  every  brother  present  an  opportunity  to  personally  greet  the  honored 
guest  of  the  evening.  This  was  a  very  impressive  social  scene.  Father  Hubbell  was  seated  in  a 
large  chair  in  the  East,  supported  by  two  members  of  the  Committee  of  Escort.  The  members  of 
the  Order  passed  up  in  single  line,  each  one  being  introduced  and  shaking  hands  with  the  venerable 
Father,  who  had  a  friendly  word  of  greeting  for  each  one.  At  the  conclusion  of  this  greeting  the 
public  grand  honors  of  Masonry  were  given,  followed  by  the  singing  of  the  ode:  '  All  hail  to  the 
morning  that  bids  us  rejoice  * — a  favorite  of  Father  Hubbell's. 

At  the  request  of  the  Master  of  Ceremonies  some  very  interesting  remarks  were  made  by 
Father  Hubbell,  giving  his  Masonic  history,  and  closing  with  a  beautiful  tribute  to  Masonry. 

He  stated  that  Painted  Post  Lodge,  203  (New  York),  was  organized  when  he  was  a  boy  at 
his  father's  house,  his  father  being  one  of  the  oldest  Masons  in  that  part  of  the  State.  The  Lodge 
was  organized  by  Joseph  Enos,  Jr.,  who  was  Grand  Lecturer  for  the  western  part  of  New  York. 
Father  Hubbell  sent  in  his  petition  on  his  twenty-first  birthday,  February  1st,  1820;  was  initiated 
in  Painted  Post  Lodge  in  March  of  the  same  year;  passed  in  April,  1820;  raised  in  May,  1820. 
In  1822  he  removed  to  Little  Falls,  New  York.  In  1824-5  he  received  the  Chapter  degrees  in 
Mohawk  Chapter,  No.  83 ;  removed  to  Bufl^alo,  New  York,  in  1827,  and  in  1828  attended  a  Masonic 


156  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

funeral  procesBion  in  honor  of  DeWitt  Clinton  ;  removed  to  Painted  Post  in  1820.  At  this  time 
the  Lfodges  throughout  the  State  had  very  generally  suspended  work,  owing  to  the  Morgan  excite- 
ment. In  1832  or  1833  Father  Hubbell  was  a  petitioner  with  other  brethren  for  the  revival  of  the 
charter  of  old  Painted  Post  Lodge,  which  was  granted,  and  numbered  117.  He  continued  a  member 
of  this  Lodge  until  1850 ;  was  then  demitted  from  Painted  Post  Lodge  at  Coming,  and  having  been 
elected  Clerk  of  the  county  of  Steuben,  removed  to  Bath,  where  he  joined  Steuben  Lodg^,  No.  112. 
In  1852  and  1853  he  served  as  Worshipful  Master  of  that  Lodge.  In  1854  he  returned  to  Coming, 
and  in  1856  came  to  Minnesota,  being  demitted  from  Steuben  Lodge,  No.  112,  and  was  a  charter 
member  of  Winona  Lodge,  No.  18,  also  one  of  the  petitioners  for  the  organization  of  the  Chapter 
at  Winona,  which  was  granted.  Father  Hubbell  has  been  Master  of  the  Lodge,  and  served  as 
King  in  the  Chapter,  and  has  represented  the  Lodge  at  the  meetings  of  the  Grand  Lodge  for  several 
terms,  and  been  elected  Deputy  Grand  Master  of  the  Grand  Lodge  for  one  term.  When  a 
Commandery  of  Knights  Templar  was  organized  in  this  city  he  became  a  member  of  the  same,  and 
served  as  Prelate  for  a  number  of  years.  After  the  death  of  Prelate  Ames,  Father  Hubbell 
received  the  appointment  of  Grand  Prelate,  which  position  he  still  holds. 

The  Master  of  Ceremonies  then  called  out  Brother  J.  M.  Cole,  Past  Grand  Commander, 
announcing  that  the  fraternity  recognized  him  as  the  '  King  Solomon '  of  the  Order  in  this  city 
and  a  long  and  intimate  friend  of  Father  Hubbell,  both  having  come  from  the  same  section  of  the 
East.  Brother  Cole  addressed  Father  Hubbell,  and  at  the  conclusion  of  his  remarks,  presented  two 
Masonic  books,  the  *  Encyclopaedia  of  Free  Masonry '  and  the  '  Antiquities  of  the  Orient  Un- 
veiled,' bearing  the  inscription :  ^Presented  to  Father  P.  P.  Hubbell  on  his  S2d  birthday  armiveraary^ 
by  his  Masonic  Friends^  February  1«<,  1881.' 

This  feature  of  the  evening  was  a  surprise,  and  brought  forth  a  feeling  response  from  ihe 
recipient. 

Several  letters  from  parties  who  were  unable  to  attend  were  read,  prominent  among  which 
was  the  following : 

*Red  Wing,  January  31st,  1881. 
•  B.  H.  Langlcy  and  others : 

Brothers:  The  invitation  of  Winona  Lodge,  No.  18,  A.  F.  and  A.  M.,  to  the  reunion  and 
reception  to  be  given  by  it  on  the  1st  proz.  to  Brother  P.  P.  Hubbell,  in  honor  of  the  anniversary 
of  his  eighty-second  birthday,  is  received. 

I  deeply  regret  that  other  engagements  render  it  impossible  for  me  to  be  present  on  that 
occasion,  and  with  you  join  in  paying  to  our  venerable  brother  that  tribute  of  brotherly  love  and 
esteem  so  eminently  due  to  him  whose  Masonic  life  extends  over  a  term  of  years  greater  than  most 
of  us  can  count  as  the  period  of  our  human  existence. 

Although  I  have  not  the  privilege  of  claiming  with  our  brother  that  intimate  acquaintance 
and  friendship  enjoyed  by  those  of  you  with  whom  he  has  passed  so  many  of  the  declining  years  of 
his  life,  yet  it  has  been  my  good  fortune  frequently  to  meet  him,  both  officially  and  socially,  and 
like  all  with  whom  he  comes  in  contact,  I  have  become  inspired  with  respect  for  him  as  a  man,  and 
love  for  him  as  a  consistent,  faithful,  zealous  Mason,  and  have  ever  found  him  one  of  whom  it  can 
truthfully  be  said : 

"  Age  sits  with  decent  grace  upon  his  visage. 
And  worthily  becomes  his  silver  locks ; 
He  wears  tlie  marks  of  many  years  well  spent. 
Of  virtue,  truth  well  tried,  and  wise  experience." 

Please  extend  to  Bro.  Hubbell  my  congratulations  upon  the  recurrence  of  that  day  which 
entitles  him  to  count  as  the  years  of  his  pilgrimage  a  number  greater  than  that  beyond  which  we 
are  taught  that  strength  is  but  labor  and  sorrow — and  permit  me  with  you  to  join  in  the  heartfelt 
prayer  that  he  may  be  spared  to  join  with  you  in  many  other  like  testimonials  of  the  love  and 
high  esteem  which  he  occupies  in  the  hearts  of  his  brethren.    He  justly  deserves  every  tribute  of 


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respect  and  mark  of  afiection  which  you  can  pay  him  as  a  man,  Mason  and  Christian.     And  to  yon, 

my  brothers,  I  am  sure  our  worthy  brother  will  join  with  me  in  saying  in  the  words  of  one  of  his 

favorite  poets : 

"  "Within  your  dear  mansion  may  wayward  contention, 

Or  withering  envy  ne'er  enter ; 

May  secrecy  round  be  the  mystical  bound, 

And  brotherly  love  be  the  centre." 

Wishing  you  all  a  happy  and  long-to-be-remembered  occasion,  I  am, 

Yours  fraternally,  W.  C.  Williston, 

R.*.  E.\  Grand  Commander/ 

At  the  conclusion  of  the  ceremonies  the  Lodge  was  formally  closed,  and  the  members  and 
visiting  brethren  participated  in  a  banquet  in  the  hall  adjoining.  The  accompanying  exercises 
consisted  of  singing,  together  with  a  few  remarks,  and  closing  with  '  Auld  Lang  Syne,*  much  credit 
being  awarded  to  the  quartette  for  their  fine  music. 

The  company  then  adjourned  to  the  main  hall  and  joined  in  social  intercourse,  during 
which  Father  Hubbell  sang  with  much  feeling  '  Burns's  Farewell.' 

An  interesting  feature  of  the  evening  was  a  collection  of  old  Masonic  certificates  and  docu- 
ments, together  with  regalia,  jewels,  etc.,  used  by  Father  Hubbell  in  his  early  days. 

The  occasion  throughout  was  one  of  unalloyed  pleasure,  and  will  be  long  remembered  by 
all  who  participated  therein." 


HORATIO  WILLIAM  LAW  HUBBELL,  of  Philadelphia,  Pa.,  eldest  son 
of  Walter  Hubbell,  Esq.,  merchant  of  New  York  City,  was  born  on  Brooklyn 
Heights,  N.  Y.,  July  9th,  1799.  Jonathan  Law,  the  last  Colonial  Governor  of 
Connecticut,  was  his  maternal  great-grandfather,  his  maternal  grandfather,  the 
Hon.  Richard  Law,  was  a  member  of  the  Continental  Congress  and  first  Chief 
Justice  of  Connecticut.  At  an  early  age  he  had  the  misfortune  to  lose  his 
father,  and  his  education  was  conducted  under  the  supervision  of  his  mother 
until  he  entered  Union  College,  at  the  age  of  fourteen.  The  climate  of  Sche- 
nectady, N.  Y.,  not  agreeing  with  him,  he  was  transferred  the  following  year  to 
Yale  College.  A  very  amusing  pamphlet  published  about  1850,  gives  his  views 
of  the  imperfect  .system  of  education  adopted  at  this  latter  institution,  and  sug- 
gested changes  that  would  take  Yale  from  the  rank  of  colleges  and  place  her 
amongst  the  foremost  Universities  of  the  age.  Many  of  these  suggestions  have 
since  been  adopted  and  their  wisdom  vindicated  by  the  enlarged  facilities  and 
prosperity  of  her  Alma  Mater.  He  graduated  with  honors  in  the  class  of  18 1 8. 
Selecting  Philadelphia  as  his  future  residence,  he  entered  (as  a  fellow-student 
with  the  late  Justice  Sharswood  and  Hon.  Henry  D.  Gilpin)  the  office  of  the 
Honorable  Joseph  R.  Ingersoll,  for  many  years  one  of  the  leaders  of  a  bar  re- 
nowned for  legal  erudition  and  culture — an  office  famous  for  the  thoroughness 
of  the  instruction  furnished  to  the  students  and  from  which  many  of  the  most 
eminent  lawyers  and  judges  have  been  furnished  to  Philadelphia  and  other 
cities.     After  his  admission  to  the  bar,  General  Hubbell  traveled  extensively 


158  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

in  Europe,  where  his  acquaintance  with  the  classics  and  principal  modem  lan- 
guages gave  him  unusual  advantages  for  the  acquisition  of  an  enlarged  and 
useful  knowledge. 

In  1825  and  1826  he  visited  Saxony,  and  in  connection  with  his  friends 
William  Hart,  Esq.,  and  Captain  Samuel  Candler,  of  New  York,  imported  the 
first  flock  of  Saxony  sheep  ever  brought  to  the  United  States. 

In  addition  to  his  acquirements  as  a  linguist,  his  mathematical  attain- 
ments  were  of  the  highest  standard,  and  a  work  which  he  wrote  upon  gun- 
nery has  been  adopted  as  a  text-book  in  one  of  the  military  academies  of 
this  country;  what  is  very  unusual,  he  was  not  only  eminent  as  a  mathe- 
matician, but  of  much  excellence  as  a  poet.  It  is  seldom  that  logical  exactness 
and  a  lively  imagination  are  combined  in  one  individual  as  they  were  in  Gen- 
eral Hubbell. 

In  1842  he  was  elected  brigadier  of  the  third  brigade,  Pennsylvania  Vol- 
unteers, comprising  the  troops  in  the  southern  part  of  Philadelphia  County. 
During  the  year  1844,  in  which  most  disgraceful  riots  took  place,  the  exer- 
tions of  General  Hubbell  and  the  activity  of  the  troops  under  his  command 
saved  the  Catholic  Churches  of  St  Paul  and  St.  Joseph  from  the  fury  of  the 
mob. 

The  greatest  lustre  General  Hubbell  has  added  to  the  name  has  given 
him  a  world-wide  reputation.  It  is  that  of  being  the  first  to  suggest  the  prac- 
ticability of  communicating  between  Europe  and  America  by  means  of  a  tele- 
graphic cable,  and  suggesting  the  existence  of  a  plateau  at  the  bottom  of  the 
ocean. 

Of  course  there  was  opposition,  as  there  always  is  to  every  new  project 
which  proposes  something  useful  to  the  community.  When  his  memorial 
was  laid  before  Congress  in  1849,  asking  for  the  use  of  a  Naval  vessel  to  make 
soundings,  and  try  the  experiment,  the  only  Senator  who  viewed  the  project 
favorably  was  the  Hon.  Jefferson  Davis,  so  far  at  least  as  to  move  the  reception 
and  filing  of  General  Hubbell's  memorial, 

''As  probably  it  would  be  a  matter  tliat  after-generations  might  be  willing  to  laj  hold  of  and  inves- 
tigate to  their  satisfaction.'^ 

General  Hubbell  was  a  facile  writer,  and  a  frequent  contributor  to  the 
magazines  and  periodicals  of  his  time. 

For  fifty  years  his  legal  practice  was  extensive,  and  his  sterling  integrity 
and  the  earnestness  of  his  oratory  made  him  very  successful  with  juries.  Prior 
to  the  consolidation  of  the  City  of  Philadelphia,  he  was  at  different  times  the 
Solicitor  for  the  districts  of  Southwark,  Moyamensing  and  Kingsessing.  In 
his  personal  character,  his  sincerity,  warm-heartedness  and  magnanimity  were 
striking  traits.     His  affection  for  his  family  and  friends  was  constant,  and  his 


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attachment  to  his  native  country — the  whole  country — was  most  conspicuous  ; 
of  its  capabilities  and  future  grandeur  he  was  never  weary  of  speaking. 

In  September,  1841,  General  Hubbell  was  married  to  Miss  Rebecca  Brooks, 
the  third  daughter  of  John  Brooks,  Esq.,  of  Harrisburg,  Pennsylvania.  For 
thirty-four  years  they  shared  life's  joys  and  cares,  when  death  suddenly  de- 
prived him  of  his  companion.  While  visiting  relations  in  the  vicinity  of  Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania,  on  July  23,  1875,  he  fell  a  victim  to  apoplexy,  a  disease 
which  seems  the  cause  of  death  among  men  of  intellect  in  this  country ;  a  few 
shocks  of  a  slight  character  had  given  warning,  the  previous  winter,  of  the 
impending  danger.  When  the  last  summons  came,  it  was  fortunate  that  it 
reached  him  when  amidst  those  who  were  near  and  dear  to  him.  He  survived 
the  attack  only  a  few  hours.  His  remains  were  interred  in  South  Laurel  Hill 
Cemetery,  Philadelphia,  on  July  27th,  1875,  and  the  following  epitaph  was 
placed  upon  his  monument : 

"  The  Eminent  Jurist, 

The  Patriotic  Citizen, 

The  Man  of  Honor  and  Truth. 

The  Faithful  Friend, 

The  Dutiful  Son, 

The  Tender  and  Devoted  Husband  and  Father." 


HORATIO  NELSON  HUBBELL,  of  Columbus,  Franklin  County,  Ohio, 
was  born  in  Trumbull,  Fairfield  Count}',  Connecticut,  September  9th,  1799. 
He  was  the  eighth  of  a  family  of  nineteen  children.  His  father,  Nathan 
Hubbell,  returned  from  the  Province  of  Nova  Scotia  to  Connecticut,  his  native 
state,  in  1793.  At  the  age  of  sixteen  he  was  an  apprentice  to  the  hatter's 
trade,  in  the  town  of  Brookfield.  About  this  time  he  experienced  a  change  of 
heart,  and  consecrated  himself  to  a  life  of  benevolence  in  the  service  of  God. 
His  mind  immediately  turned  to  the  Christian  ministry,  and  missionary  work, 
as  coveted  fields  of  usefulness.  These  desires  were  warmly  cherished  and 
pursued,  until  Providence  plainly  opened  before  him  another  sphere  of  labor, 
nearly  allied  to  the  one  on  which  his  heart  was  fixed. 

Among  the  first  deputation  of  missionaries  to.the  Sandwich  Islands,  which 
sailed  in  1820,  was  the  Rev.  Samuel  Ruggles,  of  Brookfield,  Connecticut,  Mr. 
Hubbell,  from  intercourse  with  this  excellent  man,  became  deeply  interested 
in  the  enterprise  in  which  he  had  embarked.  Accordingly,  after  the  expiration 
of  his  apprenticeship,  September  9,  1820,  he  applied,  and  was  admitted  to  the 
Cornwall  School,  for  the  purpose  of  preparing  himself  for  missionary  work, 
and  devoted  himself  assiduously  to  his  studies,  defraying  his  expenses  entirely 


i6o  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

by  his  own  eflTorts.  He  was  licensed  to  preach  the  gospel  by  the  Association 
of  Hartford,  February  7,  1826. 

On  the  first  of  the  succeeding  September,  he  sailed  from  Bridgeport,  Con- 
necticut, for  Boston,  Massachusetts,  on  his  way  to  Nova  Scotia  to  visit  some 
relatives,  and  to  find  some  field  for  useful  missionary  labor.  During  the  delay 
of  a  fortnight  in  Boston,  waiting  for  a  passage  to  Halifax,  the  anniversary  of 
his  birth-day  occurred.  And  the  following  extract  from  his  diary  will  exhibit 
his  feelings  and  principles,  at  this  period  of  his  life. 

**  This  day,  September  9th,  I  arrive  at  the  age  of  27.  Thus  my  days  and 
years  rapidly  pass.  How  many  of  my  age  far  outstrip  me  in  influence  and  use- 
fulness ?  O,  that  the  talent  God  has  endowed  me  with,  might  be  rightly  im- 
proved. O,  that  I  might  have  a  prevailing  disposition,  an  abiding  desire  to 
glorify  God,  wherever  my  lot  in  his  providence  may  be  cast.  How  fleeting 
are  my  years  ?  '  My  moments  flee  apace.'  And  O,  that  as  they  bear  me  on  to 
eternity,  they  might  bear  me  heavenward." 

He  sailed  for  Halifax,  on  September  14,  1826,  where  he  arrived  after  a 
passage  of  two  days.  A  tedious  passage  of  a  week,  in  a  small  fishing  vessel, 
brought  him  to  Guysborough,  the  residence  of  his  relatives.  Spending  a 
month  in  pleasant  intercourse  with  a  large  circle  of  relatives,  and  declining  to 
take  charge  of  a  parish  in  the  vicinity,  he  returned  to  Connecticut,  having  been 
absent  two  months. 

In  the  Spring  of  1827,  on  the  suspension  of  the  Cornwall  School,  Mr. 
Hubbell  was  invited  to  take  charge  of  some  twelve  Indian  youth,  and  conduct 
them  to  the  Miami  University,  at  Oxford,  Ohio,  to  complete  their  education. 
The  journey  was  performed  by  way  of  the  Erie  Canal,  and  the  party  reached 
Cleveland  in  about  two  weeks.  The  facilities  for  travel  at  that  time  were  so 
imperfect  and  uncertain,  that  after  a  delay  of  a  few  days  the  company  left  on 
foot,  taking  a  straight  course  through  the  woods,  first  to  Massillon,  and  thence 
passing  through  Columbus,  to  Oxford.  After  conducting  his  charge  safely  to 
their  destination,  he  returned  to  Columbus,  and  engaged  in  teaching. 

A  few  months  previous  to  his  arrival,  a  warm  interest  in  the  instruction  of 
the  deaf  and  dumb  had  been  awakened  in  the  communitv,  an  interest  excited 
and  matured  into  practical  results  chiefly  by  the  efforts  of  the  venerable  Dr. 
Hoge,  of  Columbus.  An  act  incorporating  an  institution  for  this  pupose  had 
just  passed  the  General  Assembly,  and  a  Board  of  Trustees  had  been  organized, 
of  which  Governor  Trimble  was  (ex  officio)  President,  and  Dr.  Hoge  Secretar}'. 
It  was  soon  perceived  that  the  only  way  of  bringing  the  Institution  into  success- 
ful operation,  was  to  select  a  suitable  person  who  should  spend  a  sufficient  time 
at  an  eastern  Institution,  to  qualify  himself  for  instructing  the  deaf  and  dumb. 
Mr.  Hubbell  was  engaged  for  this  purpose,  and  in  March,  1828,  went  to  Hart- 
ford, Connecticut,  to  prepare  himself  for  his  work.     He  remained  there  more 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  i6i 

than  a  year  and  a  half,  witnessing  the  daily  processes  of  school-room  instruc- 
tion, and  receiving  lessons  in  signs  from  the  experienced  masters  of  the  art 
connected  with  that  school. 

On  returning  to  Columbus,  he  opened  his  school  for  the  instruction  of 
deaf  mutes,  October  i6,  1829.  A  single  circumstance  connected  with  its  com- 
mencement may  be  cited  as  a  specimen  of  the  difficulties  which  were  to  be 
encountered  at  that  time  in  conducting  an  enterprise  of  this  character.  The 
act  incorporating  the  Institution  was  passed  in  April,  1827.  During  the  inter- 
val of  more  than  two  years  before  organizing  the  Institution,  efforts  were  made 
to  enlighten  the  public  mind  with  regard  to  the  number  of  the  deaf  and  dumb, 
their  sad  condition  of  darkness  and  ignorance  while  uneducated,  and  the  entire 
possibility  of  their  education,  as  shown  by  the  result  of  the  experiments  in 
institutions  already  established  in  the  country.  A  few  weeks  previous  to  the 
time  assigned  for  opening  the  school,  circulars  stating  the  character  and  objects 
of  the  Institution,  and  inviting  parents  to  send  their  deaf  mute  children,  were 
extensively  published  in  the  leading  papers  of  the  State.  Yet,  when  the  time 
arrived,  three  pupils  from  the  vicinity  of  Columbus  were  all  that  could  be 
gathered,  and  two  of  these  were  of  unsound  mind. 

Mr.  Hubbell,  however,  was  not  a  man  to  be  discouraged  by  obstacles. 
Before  the  close  of  the  first  year  the  number  of  pupils  had  increased  to  ten, 
and  in  the  course  of  the  second  year  to  twenty-two.  When  the  school  was 
once  established  and  became  known,  pupils  flowed  in  rapidly,  till  the  house 
rented  for  its  use  was  so. much  crowded  that  it  became  necessary  to  erect  a 
permanent  structure  for  the  accommodation  of  the  pupils. 

Mr.  Hubbell  resigned  his  position  as  Superintendent  of  the  Institution  in 
January,  185 1,  but  at  the  request  of  the  Trustees,  continued  to  perform  its 
duties  until  the  succeeding  October.  During  many  of  the  twenty-two  years 
of  his  connection  with  the  Institution,  he  had  discharged  the  combined  duties 
of  Superintendent,  Steward  and  Treasurer.  Within  this  time  four  hundred 
and  sixty-two  deaf  and  dumb  children  had,  for  a  longer  or  shorter  period, 
enjoyed  the  privileges  of  instruction.  The  Institution,  from  the  small  begin- 
ning of  one  sane  pupil  and  two  idiots,  had  grown  to  be  the  fourth  in  the 
country  in  the  number  of  its  pupils,  and  had  blessed  with  its  beneficence  nearly 
a  generation  of  the  deaf  mutes  of  the  State.  Six  flourishing  schools,  now  en- 
joying vigorous  growth,  and  exerting  a  blessed  influence,  have  sprung  from 
the  seed  planted  by  Mr.  Hubbell  in  the  generous  soil  of  Ohio. 

He  was  one  of  thirty-one  persons  who,  in  1839,  united  to  form  the  Second 
Presbyterian  Church,  of  Columbus,  and  took  a  deep  and  active  interest  in  the 
enterprise,  which  at  first  labored  under  many  embarrassments,  and  contributed 
liberally  of  his  means  to  its  advancement.  For  many  years  he  held  the  offices 
of  elder  and  trustee. 

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1 62  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

Mr.  Hubbell,  though  not  engaged  in  active  service  after  he  closed  his 
connection  with  the  Institution  at  Columbus,  retained  a  warm  interest  in  all 
labors  designed  to  relieve  the  unfortunate.  His  sympathies  were  moved  in 
behalf  of  the  idiot  population  of  the  State,  and  during  the  session  of  1854  he 
presented  a  memorial  to  the  General  Assembly,  urging  the  establishment  of 
an  Institution  for  their  education  and  training;  thus  taking  the  incipient  steps 
which  have  since  resulted  in  legislative  action,  securing  the  desired  object.  He 
also  engaged  with  zeal  in  the  work  of  colportage.  The  cause  of  missions  never 
lost  its  hold  upon  his  affections,  and  he  never  ceased  by  his  prayers  and  bene- 
factions to  advance  its  prosperity. 

The  last  year  of  his  life  was  spent  in  preparing  for  the  press  a  work  enti- 
tled "  Dying  Words  of  Eminent  Persons."  It  embraced  the  last  recorded  words 
of  persons  who  had  acted  a  conspicuous  part  in  the  world's  history,  from  all 
professions,  countries  and  times,  accompanied  with  brief  biographical  sketches 
of  the  individuals  whose  dying  moments  were  depicted.  Its  design  was  to  pre- 
sent in  marked  contrast  with  every  other  principle,  the  power  of  Christian  faith 
to  sustain  the  soul  in  the  hour  of  its  extremity.  The  course  of  investigation  to 
which  he  was  led  in  collecting  materials  for  the  volume,  was  a  source  of  great 
satisfaction  to  his  own  mind,  and  doubtless  contributed  much  to  prepare  him 
for  his  peaceful  and  triumphant  death.  On  Saturday  he  completed  and  ar- 
ranged his  manuscript,  and  on  the  succeeding  Monday  was  called  himself  to 
be  an  actor  in  the  scenes  through  which  he  had  followed  so  many  others. 

The  death  of  Mr.  Hubbell  was  at  last  sudden  and  unexpected.  His  dis- 
ease, an  affection  of  the  heart,  had  been  for  some  months  increasing  upon  him, 
and  gave  him  much  uneasiness.  On  the  morning  of  January  19,  1857,  he  was 
attacked  with  severe  paroxysms  of  palpitation  and  distress,  which  greatly 
alarmed  his  family.  He  soon  perceived  that  his  hour  had  come,  was  ready, 
called  his  family  around  him,  and  took  leave  of  each  member ;  sent  messages 
to  the  absent,  to  his  former  pastor,  and  to  the  church,  for  which  he  expressed 
his  unabated  affection.  He  spoke  of  his  love  for  his  family,  of  his  faith  in 
Christ,  of  his  readiness  to  depart,  and  of  the  blessed  society  he  should  soon 
join.  That  religion,  whose  sustaining  power  he  had  studied  in  the  case  of  so 
many  other  believers,  seemed  abundantly  to  sustain  and  comfort  his  own  soul. 
His  last  moments  were  emphatically  moments  of  deep  and  holy  joy.  His  last 
words  were  words  of  peace.  And  the  place  where  he  died,  so  consecrated 
was  it  by  the  manifest  presence  of  Christ,  and  so  hallowed  by  the  holy  tri- 
umphs of  Christian  faith,  yet  seems  holy  ground. 

Perhaps  the  most  prominent  characteristic  of  Mr.  Hubbell  was  energy 
combined  with  Christian  benevolence.  His  energy  was  untiring.  Obstacles, 
difficulties,  discouragements,  only  stimulated  him  to  greater  exertions  and 
more  determined  perseverance.     That  he  possessed  a  heart  of  disinterested 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  163 

and  warm  benevolence,  the  entire  current  of  his  life  bears  testimony.  The 
monument  which  he  has  left  of  his  labors  for  the  deaf  mutes  of  Ohio  and  the 
great  West  will  long  remain  to  reflect  honor  upon  his  memory,  and  to  attest 
his  title  to  a  place  among  the  real  benefactors  of  mankind.* 


FERDINAND  WAKEMAN  HUBBELL,  of  Philadelphia,  Pa,  was  one 
of  the  brightest  ornaments  of  the  Philadelphia  bar,  and  one  of  the  most 
learned  and  distinguished  jurists  of  the  country.  He  was  born  in  the  City 
of  New  York,  May  4th,  1801,  and  was  the  second  son  of  Walter  Hubbell, 
Esq.,  of  that  city,  and  Anne  Law,  his  wife. 

His  lineage  through  both  parents  was  derived  from  New  England,  his 
maternal  great-grandfather,  Jonathan  Law,  was  the  last  Governor  of  Connec- 
ticut under  the  Colonial  system,  and  his  grandfather,  the  Hon.  Richard  Law,  of 
New  London,  Connecticut,  was  a  lawyer  of  eminence,  Chief  Justice,  and  a  mem- 
ber of  the  Revolutionary  Congress.  Mr.  Hubbell's  father  was  extensively  en- 
gaged in  mercantile  pursuits  in  the  City  of  New  York,  and  died  at  an  early 
age.  His  mother,  a  woman  alike  remarkable  for  her  superior  mind,  and 
personal  attractions,  feeling  and  appreciating  the  benefits  of  a  cultivated  mind, 
used  her  utmost  endeavor  to  give  her  children  the  advantages  of  education. 
She  lived  to  an  advanced  age  to  share  in  the  successful  career  of  her  son; 
who  never  forgetting  her  personal  sacrifices,  cherished  her  declining  years, 
by  placing  and  supporting  her  in  the  home  of  luxury  and  ease. 

Mr.  Hubbell  pursued  his  classical  studies  at  Princeton  and  Union  Col- 
leges, and  was  a  graduate  of  the  last-named,  under  the  presidency  of  the 
venerable  Dr.  Eliphalet  Nott,  and  read  law  with  the  late  Charles  Chauncey, 
Esq.,  of  Philadelphia,  whose  confidence  and  esteem  he  ever  retained.  From 
the  time  of  Mr.  HubbelFs  admission  to  the  bar,  we  can  only  contemplate  him 
as  the  lawyer,  for  in  that  character  his  whole  future  was  absorbed,  and  his 
brilliant  intellect  laid  on  the  altar  of  his  profession,  in  connection  with  his 
zeal,  his  integrity,  and  his  fastidious  fidelity  to  his  client,  and  his  cause.  He 
was  a  lawyer  pure  and  entire,  everything  around  him  gave  way  to  his  pro- 
fession ;  to  that  shrine  he  dedicated  his  days  and  nights,  and  the  dawn  fre- 
quently surprised  him  in  the  preparation  of  his  cases. 

His  scrupulous  care  and  conscientious  attention  would  not  delegate  to 
another  what  he  might  do  himself,  and  although  nature  would  frequently  re- 
volt at  this  onerous  burden,  still  the  unyielding  energy  of  his  will  bent  her  to 


*  Prepared  by  hit  soo,  Alfred  Horatio  Hubbell,  of  Columbus,  Franklin  County,  Ohio,  for  the  "  Biographical 
Eocyclopwiia  of  Prominent  Men  of  Ohio,"  aud  aent  by  him  to  tlie  Author  of  this  Work. 


3-^  HI  ST  CRY  OF  THE  Hl'SEELL  FAMSLY. 


*jx.  vri'trt  T:ji»:ia  hfna,  t-c^o  2:i£ni'  sc'^jrfal  lam  fc-c"  a:d.  ic>r  c-MiaE5i£L.  for  adrxc 
kzyty/T  iL*«lr!.ar>c*::  his  -estrgk:*  cq'eI::  2c*t  *i:pc>:y  aZlL  cc'-::!!d  2t]C  lass  forever: 
h«t  ^.^tn^h'i^c.  5J3C  ]:ke  lie  imrric-rt^il  D-rinis^.  ar  lie  prcnsirre  z^e  of  52  >-car? 
hi*  v:;a  ot.'I;n^  :n  tit  n>£r:ci3a  <c*f  it?  gic'T^'.  2:1  ihe  nc»C'Et:5e  <.i  its  power. 
A  '.riiCifni  to  331*  rtoole  cc'TL^cf-estiousnes^s,  a  ntarn-r  to  hi?  teihlfiaijaess,  was  ihe 
CTftcci^m  of  his  lErStsd  and  acmirfr.  tise  Hosa.  WllZiaaa  RaTje,  Elsq.  Mr.  Hub- 
bell  *  j^a]  J€am5ag  and  fnfonnalion  Trere  iai!>oanded ;  n-iiils:  a  s^ckni  of  law. 
bt  wa?  :n  the  hab:t  of  re^iarly  5ti:d}-in^  Kft&en  hours  each  day ;  with  such 
ap5>l3€at:on,  hi*  Iteming  was  nece^sarijy  deiep  and  extens:^-e,  and  his  iroo  laein- 
ory  h'rid  ;t  always  at  command.  His  l^gzl  jiud^Tnent  founded  on  such  a 
ba^3%  was  thertfore  seldom  at  £2::It:  led  with  secant\*,  and  decided  with 
c/>nfid€noe- 

Thc  3tga]  characteristic  of  his  mind  was  a  microscopic  power  of  analysis, 
that  traced  ev'er>-  subject  to  its  ir*osi  anenuated  filament ;  and  a  metaphysical 
cast  of  thought,  with  a  subt]et>-  peculiar  to  itself,  which  detected  the  most 
dcHcate  distinctions. 

These  intel!ectua]  traits  gave  him  that  commanding  power  which  he 
always  heJd.  as  a  counsellor  and  advocate :  and  enabled  him  to  develop  his 
opinions  with  almost  mathematical  precision,  and  with  great  power  and  force 
of  language-  His  power  of  generalization  was  so  great,  that  in  ever\-  case  he 
undertook,  he  determined  readily  and  with  ease  the  leading  principle  from 
a  multitude  of  precedents ;  and  for  this  reason,  and  with  the  same  facility-,  he 
referred  ever>'  individual  case,  however  modified  by  circumstances,  to  the  gen- 
eral rule  that  controlled  it. 

In  the  department  of  a  special  pleader  he  had  no  superior  in  the  United 
States.  It  was  a  branch  of  the  profession  that  he  peculiarly  delighted  in, 
because  it  exercised  that  logical  accuracy  of  thinking  for  which  he  was  so  emi- 
nently distinguished,  and  the  numerous  pleas  which  he  has  left  upon  the 
records  of  our  courts  will  ser\e  as  models  to  the  future  aspirants  of  judicial 
fame. 

In  his  arguments  to  the  Bench  there  was  an  earnest. fearlessness  that  did 
not  hesitate  a  moment  about  the  correctness  of  its  positions,  and  a  confidence 
that  his  arguments  would  prevail  with  the  presiding  judges  ;  because  when  he 
undertook  a  cause,  he  ascertained  by  the  severest  scrutiny  and  study  that  he 
was  right,  and  then  demanded  from  the  Bench  what  its  justice  was  bound  to 
administer. 

As  an  advocate  to  the  jur>^  he  was  warm  and  impressive,  consummately 
skilful  in  urging  upon  them  the  force  of  the  evidence;  sternly  argumentative. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  165 

his  manly  tone  of  eloquence  generally  succeeded  in  convincing  their  under- 
standings by  the  perspicuity  of  his  statements  and  the  clearness  of  his  elucida- 
tions, without  having  resource  to  the  flourishes  of  rhetoric  or  the  flowers  of 
oratory. 

As  his  thought  was  logical,  his  language  was  necessarily  concise  and  com- 
prehensive ;  there  was  no  useless  waste  of  phraseology,  and  his  meaning  was 
conveyed  in  a  distinct  and  unmistakable  manner.  He  helped  to  build,  to 
elaborate,  and  (if  the  expression  may  be  allowed),  to  clarify  the  jurisprudence 
of  the  great  commonwealth  through  a  period  of  thirty  years ;  and  the  result 
of  his  great  labors  will  be  found  where  those  of  a  lawyer  only  are  to  be  found — 
in  the  reports  of  the  State  of  Pennsylvania. 

But  the  intense  thought,  the  acumen,  the  mental  power,  labor,  and  industry, 
which  led  to  that  result,  can  only  be  estimated  by  those  few  men  who  stood  by 
his  side,  saw  his  noble  efforts,  and  know  how  near  he  came  to  the  perfection  of 
his  profession. 

Such  was  the  character  of  Ferdinand  Wakeman  Hubbell  as  a  lawyer. 

As  a  general  scholar  Mr.  Hubbell's  classical  attainments  often  afforded  him, 
when  he  could  snatch  a  moment  of  leisure,  that  delight  which  only  the  literary 
can  feel  in  the  lore  of  antiquity.  He  reveled  in  the  odes  of  Horace,  almost  all 
of  which  he  knew  by  heart  in  the  original  tongue,  and  the  terseness  of  Tacitus 
pleased  his  taste,  because,  perhaps,  it  resembled  his  own  habits  of  condensed 
expression. 

We  have  hitherto  spoken  of  his  giant  intellect;  yet  amidst  all  his  cares, 
and  the  abounding  industries  of  his  life,  he  never  forgot  the  duties  due  to  his 
Creator. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  Presbyterian  from  conviction,  and  for  this  cause,  and 
in  connection  with  his  great  legal  abilities,  he  was  selected  to  be  associated 
with  those  brilliant  minds  that  have  adorned  the  forum  of  our  country  (William 
C.  Preston,  of  South  Carolina ;  John  Sergeant  and  Joseph  Ingersoll,  of  Phila- 
delphia), who  brought  the  powers  of  their  great  minds,  their  learning  and  their 
ability,  to  sustain  the  rights  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  against  those  who  were 
endeavoring  to  assail  its  apostolic  and  divinely  instituted  government,  and  its 
peculiar  and  essential  doctrine^. 

Mr.  Hubbell's  grand  opening  of  the  Presbyterian  Church  case  lasted  four 
and  a  half  hours.  In  it  he  exhibited  a  thorough  knowledge  and  just  apprecia- 
tion of  the  fundamental  doctrines  of  the  church,  as  well  as  its  form  of  govern- 
ment and  order  of  discipline ;  but  the  clear  manner  in  which  he  showed  forth 
the  encroachment  upon  its  rights,  by  those  holding  congregational  views 
(which  views  were  insidiously  undermining  the  Presbyterian  constitution),  can 
better  be  expressed  in  his  own  forcible  language. 


1 66  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

"  The  New  School  party  is  emphatically  a  New  England  party,  it  being  composed  in  a  grreat 
measure  of  New  Englanders,  or  their  descendants.  New  England  Calranism  is  not  Presbyterian- 
ism  ;  they  are  Congregationalbts,  or  Independents,  and  are  the  lineal  or  collateral  descendants  of 
the  English  Independents,  who,  under  the  guidance  of  Cromwell,  drove  out  Presbyterianism  after 
Presbyterianism  had  driven  out  Episcopacy. 

Our  New  England  brethren  are  proverbially  shrewd,  acate,  indefatigable,  and  ambitions, 
and  are  seldom  introduced  into  our  institutions  without  becoming  masters  of  them.  The  party 
which  I  represent,  termed  the  *  Old  School,'  have  long  apprehended  a  design  in  their  adversaries 
to  convert  the  funds,  the  institutions,  and  above  all,  the  name  of  this  venerable  Church,  into  the 
means  of  furthering  this  peculiar  system  of  theology,  and  various  other  projects  of  their  own." 

Of  his  personal  interest  in  the  welfare  of  this  branch  of  God's  Church, 
another  quotation  may  not  be  inappropriate,  as  it  is  the  grand  peroration  of 
the  whole  speech,  the  touching  appeal  for  unbiased  judgment. 

"  Ours  is,  perhaps,  gentlemen,  the  unpopular  party.  There  may,  perhaps,  be  some  severe 
and  uninviting  features  in  our  faith.  It  is,  however,  of  too  high  and  inflexible  an  origin  to  be 
accommodated,  at  will,  to  the  prejudices  of  the  many.  We  count  not  upon  the  approbation  of  the 
light  and  frivolous,  but  I  am  convinced  that  all  thinking  and  discreet  men  will  unite  with  as  in  a 
fervent  aspiration,  that  our  visible  Church,  the  ark  of  a  pure  theology,  may  endure  until  that  great 
day,  when  the  angel  of  the  Apocalypse  shall  raise  his  hand  to  heaven,  and  swear  that  time  shall  be 
no  longer." 

We  must  not  omit  to  mention  that  this  grand  argument  lasted  fourteen 
and  a  half  hours;  and  when  we  think  of  the  energy,  the  deep  research,  the 
wasted  tissue,  the  midnight  oil,  the  time  spent  never  to  return,  on  this  impor- 
tant case,  we  can  give  no  better  tribute  to  his  labors  than  that  of  Dr.  William 
Engles.  That  prominent  divine  and  editor  of  The  Presbyterian  [the  organ  of 
that  Society],  in  speaking  of  Mr.  Hubbell,  after  his  death,  says: 

**  The  memory  of  Ferdinand  Wakeraan  Hubl>ell  should  be  dear  to  every  Presbyterian, 
when  we  remember  his  successful  efibrts  in  the  celebrated  case  of  the  General  Assembly  of  the 
Presbyterian  Church.  The  clear  and  powerful  argument  in  which  he  sustained  its  rights,  the 
succinct  and  lucid  manner  in  which  he  stated  the  points  of  controversy,  the  clear  and  intelligible 
enunciation  of  the  points  of  doctrine,  the  cogent  reasoning  by  which  he  connected  them  with  the 
rights  of  property,  and  the  finally  triumphant  results  of  the  labors  of  himself  and  colleagues,  will 
never  be  forgotten.  We  cannot  refuse  this  mournful  tribute  to  the  powerful  and  cultivated  intel- 
lect that  has  passed  away.'' 

In  his  domestic  relations,  also,  Mr.  HubbeH  exhibited  the  best  traits  of  a 
man  and  a  Christian;  as  a  son,  a  husband,  a  father  and  a  brother,  he  had  a 
heart,  kind  benevolent  and  expansive,  with  charity  to  all  men,  ready  to  dis- 
pense aid,  and  glad  to  soothe  and  solace  the  unfortunate. 

Those  who  knew  him  best,  knew  how  often  his  generous  hand,  his  sym- 
pathetic soul  was  opened  to  alleviate  the  wants  and  distresses  of  suffering 
humanity. 

His  charities  were  not  sounded  in  the  streets,  or  heard  by  men,  but  are 
alone  known  to  the  Searcher  of  hearts.     In  conclusion,  it  may  be  said,  to  the 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  167 

honor  of  Ferdinand  Wakeman  Hubbell  (at  the  time  of  his  sudden  death),  and 
to  the  honor  of  his  distinguished  colleagues  of  the  bar,  to  find  that  in  a  profes- 
sion in  which  there  exists  so  much  self-emulation  and  contention,  the  living 
had  the  nobleness  to  render  that  homage  to  the  dead  that  his  hard-won  merits 
deserved.  The  feeling  was  spontaneous,  but  just,  all  seemed  to  own  the  loss 
of  a  friend;  all  paid  that  tribute  of  affection  to  the  amiable  traits  of  a  heart  that 
had  ceased  to  beat  forever. 

He  has  bequeathed  to  his  profession  and  posterity  the  example  of  a  well- 
spent  life.  Such  a  memory  should  be  long  and  fondly  cherished ;  the  earth 
has  lost  his  spirit,  while  the  grave  has  added  to  its  mouldering  trophies  the 
mortal  remains  of  an  illustrious  man. 

The  beautiful  tribute  paid  to  Mr.  Hubbull's  memory,  in  the  classical 
epitaph,  penned  by  his  friend,  the  erudite  scholar  and  refined  lawyer,  Ellis 
Lewis,  Esq.,  has  been  inscribed  on  the  marble  shaft  that  marks  his  last  resting 
place  in  that  beautiful  cemetery.  Laurel  Hill.  There,  near  the  scenes  of  his 
triumphs,  and  near  that  adopted  city  he  loved  so  well,  his  ashes  now  repose. 

*'  Hie  sepultns. 

FERDINANDUS  W.  HUBBELL, 

Jaris  consuItUB  insignis, 

Qui 

Legum  valde  peritus, 

Ignavia  insidiis  sordlbusque  omnibus. 

Spretis, 

Per  ingcninm  diligentiam  fortitudinem, 

Per  doetrinam  virtutis  atque  per  honestas  artes 

Et  hisce  soils  fretus 

MeritoB  atque  summos  honores  forenses 

Attulit 

Non  tamen  solum  egregius  fuit  scientia  juridica 

Sed  omnes  artes  liberas  literosque  elegantiores 

Feleciter  coluit 

Probus  interritus  Justus  et  benignus 

Fores  donnique  dilectus. 

Nat.  IV.  Mai»  1801.         Ob.  XV.  Julii  1852."* 


ALGERNON  SIDNEY  HUBBELL,  of  Newark,  New  Jersey,  youngest 
son  of  Wolcott  Hubbell  and  Mary  Curtis,  was  born  in  Lanesborough,  Massa- 
chusetts, about  1800,  in  the  old  homestead,  which  has  been  standing  more  than 
one  hundred  and  fifty  years,  and  is  still  in  the  possession  of  the  family. 

He  read  law  with  Judge  Buel,  of  Troy,  and  was  admitted  to  the  bar  of 


•  This  very  complete  biographical  sketch  was  sent,  to  the  Author  by  Mrs.  Anna  Gib»>on  Hubbell,  widow  of 
Ferdioand  Wakeman  Hubbell,  whose  memory  it  perpetuates.  His  portrait  is  in  the  Library  of  the  I^aw  AsBoclatloa 
of  Philadelphia. 


i68  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

New  York  at  an  early  age.  On  returning  to  Massachusetts  he  became  a  law 
partner  of  the  late  Governor  Briggs,  of  that  State,  and  remained  a  few  years  in 
Lanesborough,  during  which  time  he  was  a  member  of  the  Massachusetts 
Legislature.  In  1836  he  married  Miss  Julia  Jackson,  of  Passaic,  New  Jersey, 
and  removed  to  Newark,  in  that  state,  where  he  has  since  been  engaged  in  the 
practice  of  law,  which  he  still  continues.  He  has  been  twice  a  member  of 
the  Legislature  of  New  Jersey.  Was  a^  member  of  the  Constitutional  Com- 
mission which  drafted  the  present  Constitution  of  New  Jersey,  and  has  filled 
many  offices  of  trust  in  the  different  institutions  of  the  City  of  Newark. 


FREDERICK  AUGUSTUS  HUBBELL,  of  Champlain,  Clinton  County, 
New  York,  son  of  Silas  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Henderson,  his  wife,  was  born  in 
Champlain,  in  1803. 

He  was  an  eminent  member  of  the  Bar,  and  died  on  April  25,  1853,  leav- 
ing six  children. 

The  following  resolutions  were  reported  and  adopted  unanimously  by  the 
County  Court  of  Clinton  county,  on  hearing  the  announcement  of  his  death : 

**  On  the  26th  day  of  April,  1853,  the  death  of  Frederick  A.  Hubbell,  Esquire,  of  Cham- 
plain, wab  announced  to  the  County  Court  of  tlie  County  of  Clinton,  then  in  session,  when,  on 
motion  of  II.  G.  Kobbins,  Esquire,  sec*onded  by  G.  M.  Beckwith,  Esquire,  and  followed  by  remarks 
showing  the  high  estimation  in  which  Mr.  Hubbell  was  held  as  a  man  and  a  lawyer,  the  Court,  as 
an  expression  of  its  respect  for  his  character,  adjourned  to  the  next  day. 

Immediately  after  the  adjournment,  a  meeting  of  the  members  of  the  Bar  of  the  County  of 
Clinton  was  convened  in  the  Court  rooms.  Hon.  Lemuel  Stetson  was  called  to  the  chair,  and  James 
Averill,  Esquire,  appointed  Secretary.  After  some  very  feeling  and  appropriate  remarks  by  the 
chairmnn,  G.  M.  Beckwith,  A.  C.  Moore  and  H.  G.  Bobbins,  Esquires,  were  appointed  a  committee 
to  draft  and  report  resolutions  expressive  of  the  feelings  and  grief  of  the  Bar  in  this  afflictive 
providence.  At  a  subsequent  meeting  of  the  Bar,  the  following  Kesolutions  were  reported  and 
unanimously  adopted,  and,  at  the  request  of  the  Bar,  the  Court,  after  stating  that  he  fully  approved 
of  the  resolutions  and  proceedings  of  the  Bar,  and  expressing  his  respect  for  the  character  of  the 
deceased,  ordered  the  resolutions  to  be  entered  upon  the  minutes  of  the  Court.  The  following  is  a 
copy  of  the  resolutions: 

ResoU'edf  That  we  have  heard  with  deep  sorrow  of  the  death  of  Frederick  A.  Hubbell, 
Esquire,  of  Champlain,  who  for  about  twenty  years  has  been  a  member  of  our  Bar. 

liesolved.  That  by  the  tleath  of  Mr.  Hubbell  we  have  lost  an  esteemed  friend  and  brother, 
who  by  his  kindness  of  manner  and  his  untiring  industry,  by  his  great  purity  of  character,  and  by 
a  uniform  exercise  of  pnifessional  courtesy,  has  endeared  himself  to  the  whole  Bar  of  this  county. 

licaolvcdf  That,  as  a  mark  of  our  respect  for  the  character  of  our  deceased  brother,  the  Court 
of  this  county,  now  in  session,  be  requested  to  direct  these  resolutions  to  be  entered  on  its  minutes. 

liesolvcd,  That  these  proceedings  be  published  in  all  the  newspapers  of  this  county,  and  a 
copy  be  forwanleil  to  the  family  of  the  deceased,  with  the  expression  of  our  grief,  and  our  sincere 
sympathy  in  their  great  atiliction. 

James  Avkrill,  L.  Stetson, 

Secretary.  ChairmaA. 


/^r^  <^^ii.tM^ 


ALRICK  HUBBELL,  of  Utica.  Oneida  County,  New  York,  son  of 
Matthew  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Doctor  Ebenezer  Man,  was  born 
October  4th,  1801,  in  Utica,  and  died  there  January  i8th,  1877. 

The  following  obituary  is  from  the  Utica  Herald: 

"  Oiir  dlj  maa  greallj  slartled  jesterda/  b;  Ihe  very  Bodden  death  of  Hon.  Alrith  Bobbell. 

Hr.  Hubb«ll  had  long  been  the  oldest  native  resident  of  Utica.  He  was  born  here  on  the 
4tb  of  October,  1801,  when  our  popalation  wan  only  a  few  hundreds  in  the  midst  of  an  alrooal 
virgin  wilderneaa,  to  which  hia  father  had  migrated  from  Lanesborough,  Berkshire  Coanty,  Maass- 
chosetti.  When  he  was  about  aiiteen  yeare  of  age,  he  became  secretary  to  Colonel  Benjamin 
Walker,  who  had  been  an  aid  to  Oeneral  Washington.  This  employment  indicates  that  jonng 
Mr.  Hubbell  gave  then  evidence  of  the  business  capacity  which  marked  his  whole  career.  After  a 
service  of  about  a  year  in  which  he  accompanied  Colonel  Walker  on  his  tour  for  collecting  dnee 
on  hb  lands  in  the  country  about,  this  connection  waa  terminated  by  the  death  of  Colonel  Walker, 
of  whom  Mr.  Hubbell  never  ceai^  to  speak  in  terms  of  admiration. 

In  early  manhood  Mr.  Hubbell  entered  into  partnership  with  the  late  Edward  Curran,  in 
the  leather  trade,  and  for  many  years  the  Urm  of  Hubbell  &  Curran  held  rank  with  odr  foremost 
17 


170  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

^•^tjLbliEJiimsti  in  extent  of  traossdioos  *«  veH  as  is  ite  strengdi  and  cixuacter.  About  1S55,  Mr. 
HubbeJl  retired  iriih  m  hmiKlitan>e  oompHeDcr.  and  ha»  onoe  deroiied  himwrif  to  the  immgeiait 
of  Lis  propenr,  aud  to  ixK>re  ges>enl  operatiooa. 

JIt.  Hubbeli  vaE  nerer  oootcDt  tofiLut  Limf^  cp  villus  hlimrlf.  His  crreHlovii^  cseisy 
lad  Lim  to  acliTitr  iuir  ibe  tiommco  veal,  and  be  vas  alvmys  efickni  and  tboroocb  in  ererr  tnat 
ccimmitted  to  bisi.  As  chief  engincw  of  oor  firedepaitneDt  be  has  had  fev  peen  in  his  cooi^ge 
axkd  derutScm.  He  vas  an  aAdcrman  in  1S41,  vasooeof  thecommifiaooers  forbpildiiy  the 
jail,  and  vas  tvioe  major  of  the  dtr,  in  1856  and  1857.  In  1S58-9,  be  serred  in  the  Stale 
In  all  of  these  capacities  be  made  the  poblic  intcfeit  his  object,  and  it  mar  be  doabted  if  Utica  has 
erer  had  a  major  vho  served  it  moie  diligeotlj  and  moie  futhfullj.  In  the  Senate  he  vas  oob- 
sdeotioas  and  clear-ered  in  bis  eflbrts  for  right  leg^slatkio. 

In  1819,  the  Baptists  oi^ganized  a  secxaid  diarcb.  the  ^rA  <d  their  deDOHunatiao  here 
baring  lieen  Welsh.  Mr.  Habbell,  in  that  rear,  bad  been  baptised  bj  Elder  Galnsfaa,  in  Whites- 
Uoro.  In  the  next  jear  he  transferred  bis  rdations  to  the  nev  Broad  Street  Baptirt  Clnirch  in 
Utica,  and  vas  its  first  derk,  and  long  one  of  its  tnotees.  He  vas  a  teacher  in  its  Bible  daas,  and 
vas  not  direrted  from  this  dntj  bj  public  labors.  He  vas  through  life  zealoos  in  behalf  of  his 
denomination,  often  attending  and  presiding  at  its  oooTcntioot,  and  ooosecrating  bis  time  and 
means  to  its  extension.  Last  September  be  vas  moderator  at  the  annoal  meeting  of  the  Oneida 
Association,  and  vas  the  oldest  liwing  Baptist  vithin  its  boonds.  He  vas  a  leading  member  of 
the  Baptist  E/lucation  Sodetj,  and  ibr  manj  jeara  rendered  good  service  as  tnutee  in  the  oorpota- 
tion  of  Madison  Universitj,  and  on  its  building  and  finance  coamiittees  gave  it  the  advantage  of 
bis  talents  and  experience.  It  is  dectsive  evidence  of  the  lasting  earnestness  of  his  religions  prin- 
ciple that  he  spent  the  last  hours  that  he  vas  able  to  be  aboot  the  streets,  last  Toesdav,  in  ooUecting 
means  to  relieve  the  necessities  of  a  saperannoated  Baptist  deigrman. 

Mr.  Hobtell  vas  first  a  vhig  and  then  a  republican.  His  political  convictions  vere  Terr  strong, 
and  his  fidelitj  to  them  never  flinched.  Into  the  vork  of  raising  volunteers  at  the  outbreak  of  the 
re^^ellion,  he  threv  bis  vhole  bearL  When  readj  monej  vas  needed,  be  provided  it,  taking  the 
securities,  and  often  advancing  largelj  from  his  private  means  ibr  the  convenioice  of  the  Tolnn- 
teen.  Our  earlier  regiments  particularlj  vere  the  recipients  of  manj  courtesies  &om  him  in 
this  vaj.* 

He  vas  at  one  time  a  vorking  director  in  the  Utica  and  Black  River  Railroad;  and  to 
the  street  railroad  he  gave  no  little  time  and  attention  to  its  experimental  days.  Among  the  last 
business  he  did,  vas  attention  to  his  duties  as  one  of  the  commissioners  for  the  dtr,  in  the  Utica 
and  Clinton  Railroad.  He  vas  interested  in  manj  of  our  public  enterprises  as  a  stockholder,  and 
has,  in  manj  vajs,  contributed  to  the  grovth  and  prosperitj  of  our  city. 

Mr.  Hubbell  vas  gifted  vith  strong  natural  talents.  He  vas  careful  and  accurate  in  his 
biisineHS  habits.  He  possessed  a  large  measure  of  public  spirit.  In  the  offices  vhich  he  filled  no 
one  ever  charged  him  vith  neglect  of  dutj,  nor  vith  seeking  his  ovn  profit  out  of  them.  In  the 
denomination  vith  vhich  for  half  a  centurj  he  vas  activelj  connected,  fev  lajmen  in  this  re^ 
gion  vere  more  influential  or  more  frequentl  j  consulted.  As  that  of  one  vho  vent  back  almost  to 
the  origin  of  our  local  communit  j,  his  death  is  more  than  the  passing  avaj  of  an  individual ;  it  is 
the  snapping  of  ties  betveen  the  present  generation  and  its  predecessors. 

Mr.  Hubliell  leaves  a  widov  vho  has  long  been  in  feeble  health.  Tvo  sons,  Henrj  S., 
and  Alfred  8.,  are  in  the  furnace  business  in  Buffalo,  and  his  tvo  surviving  daughters  are  Mrs. 
Allx^n  P.  Man,  of  Nev  York,  and  Mrs.  J.  C.  P.  Kincaid,  of  this  dtj.  His  health  had  not  been 
rugged  for  some  years,  but  his  activitj  and  energj  had  concealed  that  fact  from  all  but  his  intimate 


*  When  th<*  lSr*>t  regiment  of  troops  was  organized  in  Utica  there  were  no  funds  with  which  to  defrav  their 
exp«*(tM*h  to  WaMhin^ton,  their  wage«t,  etc.  Mr.  Iiubb«  II  allowed  himself  to  be  appointed  paymaster  and  himself  ad- 
vanced all  the  nec<'s»arjr  fundK,  ac-conipanying  the  regiment  to  Washington  for  thit  purpose.  The  aums  thus  ex* 
infuded  were  subsequently  refunded  to  him  by  the  8tate. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  171 

friends ;  and  he  falls,  though  full  of  years,  like  a  giant  of  the  forest,  whose  failing  strength  its 
stalwart  Mature  had  taught  all  men  to  forget/' 

The  following  extracts  are  from  an  obituary  notice  which  appeared  in  the 
Utica  Daily  Ohsetver,  of  January  i8th,  1877,  a  paper  opposed  to  Mr.  Hubbell 
in  politics. 

''  Many  of  our  readers  will  remember  the  first  great  war  meeting  which  was  held  in  Uticii  in 
April,  1861.  The  excitement  was  high,  and  intense  enthusiasm  prevailed.  A  subscription  was 
started  to  aid  the  families  of  volunteers.  Mr.  Hubbell  was  in  his  element.  He  headed  the  list 
with  $100,  we  believe.  Another  rich  and  generous  citizen  gave  $200.  Not  to  be  outdone  in  any 
work  of  that  sort,  Mr.  Hubbell  arose  and  said  that  he  would  give  $200  in  addition  to  the  sum 
which  he  had  already  given.  The  announcement  was  greeted  with  cheers,  which  broke  forth  anew 
when  his  competitor  for  the  honor  of  giving  away  money  announced  that  he  would  add  $200  more  to 
his  subscription.  The  cheers  grew  into  a  whirlwind  of  applause  when  he  increassd  his  gift  to  $500, 
and  his  friendly  rival  pledged  an  equal  amount.  If  the  love  of  approbation  could  prompt  a  gener- 
ous heart  to  such  a  noble  deed,  we  should  count  that  love  a  virtue,  and  not  a  fault. 

In  politics  Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  pronounced  partisan  of  the  Republican  school.  He  had 
been  an  active  Whig,  and  helped  to  organize  the  Republican  party  in  this  county.  He  never  doubted, 
perhaps  never  questioned,  the  absolute  excellence  of  his  political  faith.  It  was  imbedded  in  his 
nature  as  deeply  as  his  religious  feelings.  If  he  was  sometimes  unreasonable  in  his  advocacy  of 
extreme  opinions,  It  cannot  be  denied  that  he  was  perfectly  honest. 

In  his  home-life  the  more  tender  and  beautiful  side  of  Mr.  Hubbell's  character  found  ex- 
pression. He  was  a  thoughtful  husband,  a  devoted  father,  and  a  most  genial  and  agreeable  host* 
He  loved  little  children,  and  the  innate  purity  and  goodness  of  his  nature  was  shown  by  the  ready 
love  which  they  gave  him  in  return.  Many  young  men  and  women  in  Utica  can  recall  the  time 
when  they  were  little  boys  and  girls,  and  Alrick  Hubbell  stopped  his  carriage  or  sleigh  in  the 
street  to  take  them  in  and  give  them  a  ride.  It  was  a  little  thing  hardly  worth  mentioning,  perhaps, 
but  it  illustrated  the  kind-heartedness  of  the  man  quite  as  forcibly  as  any  words  of  eulogy. 

Mr.  Hubbell  died  in  the  fullness  of  years,  honored  by  a  community  whose  welfare  he  had 
always  sought  to  promote.  He  squared  his  life  strictly  by  his  sense  of  duty,  and  won  an  enduring 
place  in  the  roll  of  Utica's  worthiest  citizens." 

For  further  notices  of  Mr.  Hubbell,  see  the  "  Pioneers  of  Utica,"  by  Matthew 
D.  Bagg ;  "  Annals  of  Tryon  County ;"  and  the  Utica  daily  papers  for  the  week 
following  his  death. 


STEPHEN  HUBBELL,  of  New  Haven,  New  Haven  County.  Connecti- 
cut, son  of  Nathan  Hubbell  and  Ann  Wakeman,  was  born  in  Wilton,  Connecticut, 
April  22d.  1802. 

At  the  age  of  fifteen,  he  was  placed  under  the  tuition  of  Hawley  Olmstead, 
who  had  an  Academy  at  Wilton.  After  spending  nearly  five  years  in  this 
Academy,  he  taught  school  in  what  was  then  called  Saugatuck,  now  West- 
I>ort.  Connecticut.  He  afterwards  entered  Yale  College  and  graduated  in  the 
class  of  1826. 

In  the  following  year  he  entered  the  Theological  Seminary,  at  New  Haven, 
Connecticut,  where  he  remained  three  years.     After  this  he  supplied  the  pulpit 


172  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

of  Mount  Carmel  Congregational  Church  for  six  or  eight  months,  and  was 
ordained  pastor  of  the  church  and  congregation  on  May  i8th,  1830,  a  pastorate 
which  was  terminated  at  his  own  request  at  the  end  of  six  years. 

He  was  installed  as  pastor  of  the  Wolcotville  Church,  on  February  29th, 
1837,  and  remained  until  September  29th,  1839,  when  he  was  regularly  dismissed. 

His  third  pastorate  continued  twelve  years,  in  East  Avon,  Connecticut, 
but  was  abruptly  terminated  on  account  of  the  displeasure  entertained  by  the 
parish  against  the  book  "  Shady  Side,"  written  by  his  wife.  Instead  of  being 
stimulated  to  higher  and  nobler  attainments  in  the  future,  the  parish  deter- 
mined to  execute  judgment  upon  Mr.  Hubbell's  family  for  the  supposed 
offence. 

In  August,  1853,  he  was  installed  as  pastor  at  North  Stonington,  Con- 
necticut, where  he  remained  for  almost  seventeen  years,  doing  the  best  service 
of  all  his  toiling  years  in  the  ministry. 

From  North  Stonington  he  went  to  Long  Ridge,  in  Stamford,  Connecticut. 
The  elements  of  the  congregation  were  of  an  unusually  mixed  character,  and 
the  tide  of  business  enterprises  and  family  relations,  were  all  moving  from  the 
place  rather  than  flowing  towards  it  Here  he  managed  to  procure  aid  from 
the  kindred  of  himself  and  wife,  to  repair  the  house  of  worship,  and  beautify  its 
interior;  and  by  this  the  external  circumstances  and  condition  of  worship  were 
very  much  changed  in  the  place.  He  continued  to  labor  here  with  his  accus- 
tomed earnestness  and  untiring  energy,  hoping  that  some  signal  change  of 
internal  life  might  be  seen  and  realized,  to  the  great  comfort  and  advantage  of 
the  community,  but  while  all  his  hopes  were  not  realized,  such  were  the  appa- 
rent improvements  that  the  remembrance  of  these  labors  are  not  without 
consolation  in  his  years  of  retirement. 

Mr.  Hubbell  now  resides  in  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  and  in  the  winter 
of  his  years  takes  comfort  in  reviewing  the  precious  past,  and  anticipating  the 
glorious  future. 

He  married  first  Martha,  daughter  of  Noah  Stone,  M.D.,  of  Oxford, 
Connecticut,  and  for  his  second  wife  Harriet  Thompson,  daughter  of  Ezra 
Hawley,  Esq.,  of  Catskill,  New  York,  on  May  I  ith,  1859,  ^^  Albany,  New  York. 


WILLIAM  MORSE  HUBBELL,  of  Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills, 
Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  son  of  Isaac  Hubbell  and  Sally  Hawkins,  was 
bom  in  Huntington,  Connecticut,  February  nth,  1806. 

In  early  life  he  attended  the  district  school. 

He  was  always  very  studious,  mathematics  being  his  favorite  branch.  He 
became  so  proficient  in  that  particular  branch  that  he  studied  surveying,  and 
became  county  surveyor,  a  position  he  held  for  many  years. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  173 

He  was  a  prominent  politician — an  old-time  Democrat — represented  his 
native  town  several  times  in  the  State  Legislature,  and  held  many  positions  of 
trust  and  responsibility  in  Huntington,  where  he  resided  during  his  life. 

He  died  March  30th,  1856,  honored  and  respected  by  all  who  knew  him. 


LEVI  HUBBELL,  of  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin,  son  of  Abijah  Hubbell  and 
Clarissa  Fitch,  was  born  April  15th,  1807. 

He  died  December  8th,  1876,  as  can  be  seen  by  his  obituary  from  the 
Milwaukee  Sentinel  of  December  9th,  1876. 

"  At  9.30  p.  M.  yesterday,  Hon.  Levi  Hubbell  died  at  his  rooms  on  Wisconsin  Street.  It 
will  be  remembered  that  last  Sunday  morning  he  fell  on  an  icy  pavement  in  front  of  the  First 
National  Bank  and  broke  his  leg.  He  was  carried  to  his  rooms,  the  fracture  was  set  by  Dr.  O.  P. 
Wolcott,  and  kind  friends  attended  him  with  care.  The  shock  caused  by  the  fall  was  very  serious, 
but  no  fears  of  his  general  health  were  entertained  till  Wednesday  night,  when  it  became  apparent 
that  a  serious  derangement  of  the  intestines  existed.  Physicians  essayed  in  vain  to  give  him  relief. 
He  continued  to  sink,  suffering  great  agony  with  praiseworthy  fortitude,  till  yesterday  morning,  when 
he  became  quite  unconscious.  The  last  few  hours  his  sufferings  seemed  less  intense,  and  death 
came  as  gently  as  slumber.  Quite  a  number  of  his  warm  friends  were  by  his  bedside  during  his  last 
moments.  Among  them  were  Mr.  and  Mrs.  E.  Sanderson,  Mrs.  N.  J.  Emmons,  and  Messrs.  W. 
Durand,  W.  Sanderson,  Frank  Dillingham,  W.  B.  Hibbard,  and  Dr.  O.  P.  Wolc*ott.  Owing  to  the 
suddenness  of  his  illness  none  of  the  members  of  his  family,  except  his  daughter  who  arrived  from 
Chicago,  had  time  to  reach  the  city  before  his  death.  They  were  immediately  telegraphed  for  and 
will  arrive  to-day. 

Judge  Hubbell  was  born  in  Ballston,  Saratoga  County,  New  York,  April  15th,  1807,  and  was 
sixty-eight  years  old.  He  graduated  from  Union  College  in  1827,  and  commenced  the  study  of  the 
law  with  John  Hubbell,  at  Canandaigua.  In  January,  1833,  he  was  appointed  Adjutant  General 
of  the  State  of  New  York  by  Governor  Marcy,  and  held  that  office  till  his  removal  to  Ithaca,  in 
1836,  when  he  resigned.  He  had  been  admitted  to  the  bar  in  1831,  and  took  an  active  part  in 
politics  during  these  years,  being  editor  of  a  Democratic  paper,  the  Ontario  Messenger,  part  of  the 
time.    He  was  chosen  to  represent  Tompkins  County  in  the  Legislature  in  the  year  1841. 

In  June>  1844,  he  came  to  the  then  village  of  Milwaukee,  in  the  Territory  of  Wisconsin, 
and  at  once  became  a  member  of  the  law  tirm  of  Hubbell,  Finch  &  Lynde.  At  the  first  judicial 
election  held  upoii  the  organization  of  the  iState  in  July,  1848,  he  was  chosen  judge  of  the  Second 
Circuit,  comprising  the  counties  of  Milwaukee,  Waukesha,  Jefferson  and  Dane.  The  Circuit  Court 
judges  were  then  members  of  the  Supreme  Court.  Upon  the  expiration  of  the  term  of  Chief  Justice 
Stowe,  Judge  Hubbell  was  chosen  by  his  associates  as  Chief  Justice,  and  held  that  office  till  the 
separate  organization  of  the  Supreme  Court  in  1852.  In  1851  he  was  re-elected  Judge  of  the 
Second  Circuit,  his  opponent  being  Hon.  Asahel  Finch. 

In  1853  charges  of  impeachment  were  brought  against  him,  and  he  was  tried  by  the 
Senate.  The  trial  was  one  of  the  marked  events  in  the  history  of  the  State.  The  present  Chief 
Justice,  Hon.  K  G.  Ryan,  was  the  principal  counsel  for  the  prosecution,  and  the  late  Hon.  Jonathan 
£.  Arnold  for  the  defense.  After  a  protracted  trial  lasting  till  July,  Judge  Hubbell  was  acquitted 
on  every  count. 

The  Judge  had  the  sympathies  of  a  large  portion  of  the  community  during  his  trial,  and  his 
acquittal  g^ve  the  people  opportunity  to  manifest  their  joy  at  the  result,  and  exhibit  their  unwa- 


174  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

vering  confidence  in  him  as  a  citizen  and  an  officer  of  the  law.  A  special  train  left  this  citv  to 
receive  hira  at  Waukesha,  and  on  the  return  of  the  excursionists  a  band  of  music,  carriages  and  a 
lar^  assemblage  of  citizens  were  in  waiting,  and  hailed  the  appearance  of  Mr.  Hubbell  with  long 
and  continuous  applause.  The  band  led  a  cortage  of  carriages  and  procession  of  citizens  to  the 
United  States  Hotel,  where  the  Judge  and  his  friends  stepped  out  amid  the  shouts  of  thoiisand«. 
In  the  evening  huge  bonfires  were  aflame  in  the  principal  streets,  and  another  large  crowd  of  people 
gathered  before  the  hotel.  The  Judge,  Jonathan  £.  Arnold,  Gen.  McManman  and  others,  were 
called  for  in  turn,  and  Mr.  Ilubbell  and  Mr.  Arnold  spoke  eloquently  and  feelingly  of  the  causes 
that  had  resulted  in  impeachment,  and  reviewing  the  proceedings.  Mr.  Arnold,  then  a  leading 
member  of  the  Milwaukee  Bar,  was  very  forcible  in  his  denunciation  of  the  enemies  of  the  Judge, 
and  created  great  enthusiasm  among  the  people  when  he  referred  to  their  friend's  career  in  their 
midst.  At  the  close  the  Judge  and  his  friends  re-entered  the  carriages,  and  another  proceasion, 
even  larger  than  that  of  the  afternoon,  escorted  the  party  to  Mr.  Hubbell's  residence,  near  the  comer 
of  Astor  and  Division,  where  parting  speeches  by  Hon.  John  White  and  others  closed  a  reception 
the  like  of  which  has  never  since  been  witnessed  here. 

The  deceased,  while  in  the  zenith  of  his  career,  was  a  man  of  great  individuality,  and,  as  he 
never  wavered  from  any  position  he  deemed  right,  he  had  enemies  as  bitter  as  friends  were  warm 
in  their  attachment  to  him. 

In  1856  he  resigned  the  office  of  Judge,  and  resumed  the  practice  of  the  law,  in  which  he 
was  very  successful.  In  the  presidential  contest  of  1860  he  was  a  warm  supporter  of  Stephen  A. 
Douglass.  They  had  studied  law  together,  and  were  always  fast  friends.  At  the  breaking  out  of 
the  war  he  espoused  the  Union  cause  with  alPthe  fervor  that  always  characterized  him.  In  1863 
he  represented  the  Seventh  W^ard  in  the  Legislature,  being  elected  as  a  war  Democrat.  Since  that 
time  he  has  always  acted  with  the  Republican  party.  In  1871  he  was  appointed  United  States 
District  Attorney  for  the  Eastern  district  of  Wisconsin,  and  held  the  office  till  June,  1875,  when  he 
was  requested  to  resign.  During  the  greater  part  of  last  year  he  was  engaged  in  defending  the 
whisky  suits,  and  showed  all  his  old-time  ability  as  an  advocate. 

Judge  Hubbell  was  twice  married.  His  first  wife  was  Miss  DeWitt,  of  Albany,  one  of  New 
York's  most  beautiful  and  accomplished  daughters.  She  bore  him  two  sons.  The  eldest  has  lived 
for  many  years  in  California.  The  other.  Col.  R.  W.  Hubbell,  is  a  successful  lawyer  in  Oconto. 
He  served  with  distinction  in  the  late  war,  and  has  been  many  times  a  member  of  the  State  Legis- 
lature. 

The  Judge's  second  wife  was  Miss  Beall,  daughter  of  Lieutenant-Grovemor  Beall,  of  Wis- 
consin. They  had  a  son  and  daughter.  The  son  is  Dr.  Singleton  Beall  Hubbell,  now  a  physician 
in  Medford,  Wisconsin. 

The  Judge,  always  a  handsome  man,  was  singularly  well-preserved,  and  retained  all  the 
elasticity  and  buoyancy  of  spirit  of  youth  till  the  very  last  A  courtlier  gentleman  never  graced 
society  in  Milwaukee." 


FENELON  HUBBELL.  of  Bridgeport.  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  Richard  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Tomlinson,  was  born  July  25th,  18 10,  in 
Huntington,  Upper  White  Mills,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut.  He  came  to 
Bridgeport  in  June,  1826,  to  learn  the  trade  of  cabinet  making,  at  which  he 
served  five  years  and  one  month. 

In  the  fall  of  183 1  Mr.  Hubbell  worked  at  his  trade  in  Macon,  Georgia, 
and  in  the  spring  of  1833  returned  to  Bridgeport.  The  following  summer 
he  became  connected  in  business  with  F.  VV.  Parrott,  the  firm  being  known 
as  Parrott  &  Hubbell,  manufacturers  of  furniture. 


HISTORY  OF  THE   HUBBELL  FAMILY.  175 

In  the  fall  of  1835,  the  above-mentioned  firm  failed  for  several  thousand  dollars, 
and  in  paying  one  hundred  cents  on  the  dollar  (which  was  contrary  to  the 
bankrupt  law  passed  by  the  Whig  Congress  in  1836),  Mr.  Hubbell  was  for 
the  following  sixteen  years  obliged  to  adopt  the  strictest  economy  that  he 
might  conscientiously  liquidate  his  indebtedness,  which  he  did  to  the  last 
penny,  notwithstanding  the  advice  of  many  of  his  friends.  He  still  carries  on 
the  furniture  business  under  the  firm  name  of  Hubbell  &  Curtis,  Mr.  Carlos 
Curtis  becoming  a  member  of  the  firm  in  1850. 

As  an  honest,  exemplary  man  and  sincere  Christian,  Fenelon  Hubbell  has 
always  stood  foremost  among  the  men  of  Bridgeport.  In  September,  1830,  he 
became  a  member  of  the  First  Methodist  Church,  on  Beaver  Street  (corner  of 
Broad),  and  since  that  time  has  been  a  constant  communicant.  He  is  to-day 
not  only  one  of  the  pillars  of  the  Methodist  Church,  in  the  city  of  his 
residence,  but  one  of  the  most  earnest  of  that  denomination  in  the  State  of 
Connecticut. 

The  furniture  warehouse  of  Hubbell  &  Curtis  is  not  only  the  largest  of 
the  kind  in  the  city  of  Bridgeport,  but  probably  does  more  business  than  any 
house  in  that  line  in  southwestern  Connecticut. 


LUCIUS  HUBBELL,  of  Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills,  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  twin  son  of  Isaac  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Hawkins,  was  born 
April  20th,  1807,  in  Huntington,  Connecticut. 

Like  his  brothers,  William  M.  Marcus,  Francis  B.,  and  Peter,  he  at- 
tended the  district  school  in  his  boyhood,  and  when  old  enough  learned  the 
trade  of  a  stone-mason,  a  calling  in  which  he  had  no  superior  in  Connecticut. 

During  his  active  life,  he  assisted  to  erect  the  following  buildings,  many 
of  which  he  built  by  contract :  State  Prison,  in  Wethersfield,  Connecticut,  in 
1827;  Episcopal  Church  in  Stratford,  Connecticut,  in  1828;  his  own  family 
residence  in  Huntington,  Connecticut,  in  the  White  Hills;  and  a  house  in 
Waterbury,  Connecticut,  in  1829 ;  and  a  church,  on  Chapel  Street,  New  Haven, 
Connecticut,  with  two  towers.  He  also  worked  on  buildings  in  the  following 
towns  during  his  life :  New  Haven,  Connecticut ;  Birmingham,  Connecti- 
cut; Great  Barrington,  Massachusetts ;  Milford,  Connecticut;  Newtown,  Con- 
necticut ;  Norwalk,  Connecticut ;  and  Bridgeport,  Connecticut ;  a  stone  dwell- 
ing for  his  daughter,  in  Monroe,  Connecticut  He  contracted  and  built  in 
company  with  Harvey  Johnson,  a  factory  for  Edward  N.  Shelton,  and  D.  W. 
Plumb ;  a  rolling-mill  for  Anson  G.  Phelps ;  the  foundation  of  an  iron  and 
steel  works  in  Birmingham,  Connecticut;  a  grist-mill  in  Birmingham,  for 
Sheldon  Smith.     Contracted  for,  and  built  in  company  with   Francis  B.  and 


176  HISTORY  OF    THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.     ' 

Nicholas  W.  Hubbell,  a  stone  factory  in  Shelton,  Connecticut,  in  1872,  for 
Edwin  Wooster.  Contracted  for  and  built  in  company  with  Francis  B.  Hubbell, 
a  stone  factory  in  Huntington,  Connecticut,  for  William  Wakeley  and  John 
Shelton.  Contracted  and  built  a  residence  in  Birmingham,  Connecticut,  for 
Thaddeus  G.  Birdseye,  in  company  with  Francis  B.  Hubbell,  and  the  two 
brothers  also  built  three  vaults  in  Mountain  Grove  Cemetery,  Bridgeport, 
Connecticut,  for  a  private  family. 

Mr.  Hubbell  erected,  without  assistance,  an  imposing  monument  in  the 
yard  of  the  "  Little  White  Church,"  on  the  White  Hills.  This  monument  is 
forty-three  feet  in  height,  and  as  a  work  of  art  is  unsurpassed  in  the  town  of 
Huntington.  It  can  be  s^^n  for  miles,  and  is  often  mistaken  for  the  spire  of 
the  church.  When  it  is  considered  that  for  eight  years  this  accomplished  arti- 
san labored  during  his  leisure  hours  to  complete  this  monument  and  carved 
and  placed  in  position  every  stone  with  his  own  hands,  some  idea  of  his  great 
industry  may  be  formed. 

He  died  in  1874,  and  his  remains  now  repose  beside  those  of  his  wife  in 
the  vault  beneath  his  famous  granite  monument,  upon  which  is  the  following 
inscription : 

"In  Memory  of 
LUCIUS  HUBBELL, 
Who  became  a  distinguished  stone-mason, 
as  thb  monument  will  attest. 
Erected  with  his  own  hands  and  finished 
in  the  fiftieth  year  of  his  age. 
Died  Dec.  28,  1874,  uE.  68. 
In  hope  and  faith  we  trust  he  died, 
This  tomb  cannot  his  spirit  hide. 
A  brighter  column  in  the  skies, 
We  trust  will  to  his  memory  rise. 

In  Memory  of 
EMILY, 
wife  of  Lucius  Hubbell. 
Died  Nov.  12,  1873.  M,  70. 
If  dust  to  dust  has  found  its  way, 
The  spirit  never  can  decay, 
But  like  the  bloom  of  spring  will  rise 
To  fairer  beauties  in  the  skies.''* 


SOLYMON  HUBBELL,  of  Ohio,  son  of  Jedediah  Hubbell  and  Hannah 
Turner,  was  born  May  i8th,  1807,  in  Ferrisburgh,  Vermont,  and  died  October 
19th,  1874,  in  Bedford,  Ohio. 


*  Both  inacriptioDS  were  copied  from  the  mouumeot  by  the  Author  while  visiting  members  of  the  family  on 
the  White  Uills,  in  Jane,  1880. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  177 

He  delivered  the  following  address  at  an  annual  re-union  of  the  Hubbell 
family,  in  Chagrin  Falls,  Ohio,  on  October  20th,  1870. 

"Rbspectsd  Relatives  and  Friends.— 

In  an  attempt  to  address  yoa  upon  this  occasion,  with  my  limited  knowledge  of  our  ancestry, 
and  the  consequent  inadequacy  to  do  justice  to  the  subject;  and  as  it  will  be  expected  that  he  who 
makes  the  attempt,  will  as  far  as  posssible  seek  to  gratify  that  expectation,  I  shall  be  under  the 
necessity  of  drawing  pretty  largely  upon  the  statements  of  facts  and  incidents  in  the  history  of  our 
forefathers  as  gathered  from  those  with  whom  I  have  corresponded  in  my  recent  efforts  to  obtain  a 
correct  chronology  of  our  ancestors  since  the  time  of  their  first  landing  on  this  Continent. 

From  an  old  Family  Bible  now  in  the  possession  of  Mrs.  Philena  Clark,  of  Bloomfield,  Mor- 
row Co.,  Ohio,  a  sbter  of  Harvey  Hubbell,  of  Stepney,  Fairfield  Co.,  Connecticut,  I  gather  the  fol- 
lowing very  important  piece  of  information. 

James  Hubbell* — who  'tis  said  lived  to  the  age  of  104  years, — together  with  a  brother  whose 
name  is  unknown  to  me,  sailed  from  Wales  and  landed  in  America  early  in  1600.  His  oldest  son 
was  Andrew ;  the  third  in  descent  was  Matthew ;  the  fourth,  Gideon ;  the  fifth,  Burton ;  and  sixth. 
Jay,  an  only  son  who  died  at  the  age  of  six  years. 

The  brothers  settled  in  the  (now)  State  of  Connecticut,  and  Harvey  Hubbell  writes  me  that 
the  old  farm  is  still  owned  by  the  descendants  of  the  said  James  Hubbell. 

It  would  appear  from  the  numerous  progeny  in  direct  descent  from  the  brothers  (for  they 
are  about  as  numerous  as  the  Children  of  Israel  as  compared  in  point  of  time),  that  they  were  not 
unmindful  of  the  divine  mandate  '  multiply,  and  replenish  the  earth.'  I  trace  the  lineage  of  the 
other  brother,  beginning  with  my  father's  family,  back  to  the  year  1730. 

In  the  fall  of  1811,  my  father,  Jedediah  Hubbell,  with  my  mother  and  six  children,  viz. : 
Leora,  Orrin,  Sarah,  myself,  Maria  and  Abraham,  together  with  my  grandparents,  started  from 
Ferrisburg,  Addison  Co.,  Vermont,  in  company  with  his  brother,  Ephraim  Hubbell,  Martin  Shell- 
house,  Noble  Bates  and  their  families,  for  the  'far  west'  State  of  Ohio,  and  after  a  long  and  tedious 
journey  of  six  or  seven  weeks  without  encountering  any  difficulties  other  than  those  incident  to 
travel  at  that  early  period,  arrived  at  Cleveland  and  settled  in  Newburgh,  on  the  banks  of  Mill 
Creek,  about  six  miles  from  the  lake  shore.  Being  at  that  time  but  little  over  four  years  old,  I 
could  not  as  a  matter  of  course,  appreciate  the  cares  and  anxieties  superinduced  by  paternal  affec' 
tion,  and  excited  by  the  fearful  apprehensions  of  disaster  at  each  revolution  of  the  wagon  wheel 
whilst  passing  through  what  was  at  that  time  known  as  the  Cattaraugus  Woods,  for  the  mud  was 
as  deep  as  John  Bunyan's  slough  of  despond,  and  hemlock  roots  as  plenty  as  candidates  for  office 
pending  an  election :  indeed  so  bad  were  the  roads  that  we  abandoned  them  entirely  in  places  and 
traveled  upon  the  beach  of  the  lake.  Taking  into  the  account  the  distance,  time  of  year  and 
condition  of  the  roads,  more  perhaps  could  not  have  been  accomplished  by  the  most  sturdy 
pioneers  of  the  West,  and  it  will  be  readily  seen  that  it  required  not  only  a  strong  motive  and 
a  settled  purpose,  but  also  tliat  untiring  energy  and  ability  to  endure,  characteristic  of  the  early 
settlers  of  tliis  country,  thus  to  isolate  themselves  from  the  endearments  of  home  and  friends  and 
endure  the  hardships,  toil  and  fatigue  of  a  long  journey,  and  necessarily  slow  as  compared  with 
the  facilities  for  traveling  at  the  present  day,  for  there  is  a  slight  difference  between  the  move- 
ments of  the  horse  team  of  1811  and  that  of  the  iron  horse  of  1870. 

I  believe  that  my  father  and  uncle  Ephraim  purchased  the  Cleveland  (now  Newburgh)  mills 
together.  Nothing  occurred  to  break  the  monotony  of  '  pioneer  life '  worthy  of  note,  until  the 
declaration  of  war  by  the  United  States  against  Great  Britain.  As  all  are  familiar  with  the  his- 
tory and  final  result  of  the  war  of  1812,  it  is  unnecessary  to  remark  farther  here,  but  there  are  a 
few  incidents  intimately  connected  with  our  own  history  which  I  will  notice. 

•  This  James  Hubbell  was  the  twelHh  child  of  Richard  Hubbell,  of  Pequonnock,  Fairfield  Coonty,  Goqdcc- 
ticut(tbe  first  Hubbell  io  America).    He  was  born  in  Fairfield  Countj.and  is  numbered  13  in  the  Genealogical  Records 

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178  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

At  the  time  of  Hairs  suireDder  of  the  garrison  at  Detroit,  it  was  feared  that  the  British 
and  Indians  would  immediately  torn  their  forces  upon  Cleveland  and  its  environs,  as  it  was  at 
that  time  in  point  of  military  importance  next  to  Monroe  and  Sandusky  City,  and  it  was  re- 
ported that  they  were  moving  both  by  land  and  water  for  the  port  of  Cleveland  with  a  view  to 
massacre  and  plunder. 

The  endeavor  to  repel  so  strong  a  force  being  considered  inadvisable,  it  was  deemed  im- 
portant that  all  should  seek  safety  in  flight,  and  as  it  happened  with  the  people  of  Windham, 
Connecticut,  during  the  old  French  and  Indian  war,  although  the  circumstances  were  not 
exactly  the  same, — 

'  Soon  all  were  running  here  and  there  in  mighty  consternation, 
Resolving  of  the  town  to  make  a  quick  evacuation : 
Away  they  went  across  the  fields,  hats,  cape  and  wigs  were  scattered, 
And  heads  were  broke,  and  shoes  were  lost,  shins  bniised,  and  noses  battered.' 

I  distinctly  remember  the  hurry  and  bustle  on  the  occasion.  It  was  a  race  for  life.  Oar 
household  goods  were  hurriedly  stowed  away  in  the  crevices  of  the  rocks  contiguous  to  our 
dwelling  on  the  banks  of  Mill  creek,  our  horses  were  harnessed,  some  light  articles  of  furniture 
and  necessary  provisions  put  aboard  of  the  wagon,  the  family  stowed  away  under  the  same  canopy 
that  protected  them  on  their  journey  from  Vermont,  and  away  we  started  for  the  township  of 
Aurora  by  way  of  the  'Tinker-creek'  road.  We  arrived  at  Parker's  tavern  about  midnight, 
halted  for  a  few  moments  and  then  pushed  on  like  a  man  fleeing  from  justice,  but  early  on  the 
following  day  were  overtaken  by  Qaius  Burke  who  had  remained  at  home,  and  finding  that  we 
were  not  likely  to  be  molested  by  the  enemy,  had  mounted  his  horse  and' overtaking  the  fugitives, 
bade  them  return  in  peace  and  quiet  to  their  respective  habitations,  so  we  returned  home  right 
glad  to  save  the  property  from  pillage,  but  with  no  design  to  blame  the  man  who  first  alarmed 
the  village. 

A  tolerable  degree  of  peace  and  quietude  ensued,  and  for  a  time  people  felt  secure,  and 
betook  themselves  to  their  various  occupations.  Having  said  thus  much  of  our  early  historv 
and  that  of  our  ancestors,  I  will  now  submit  a  few  reflections  relative  to  their  title  to  moral 
character,  and  I  realize  the  propriety  of  exercising  caution  in  speaking  of  their  merits,  and  a 
commendable  degree  of  diffidence  in  attempting  to  eulogize  either  the  living  or  the  dead,  lest  I  be 
regarded  as  an  egotist,  or  as  making  an  efibrt  to  set  them  forth  in  an  unwarrantable  light,  or 
above  what  their  merits  will  justify. 

I  do  nevertheless  indulge  in  a  feeling  of  pride  when  I  contemplate  that  high  moral  char- 
acter, that  they,  as  a  family,  have  sustained  during  a  period  of  more  than  two  hundred  years, 
and  of  them  it  may  with  propriety  be  said  that  the  world  is  none  the  worse  for  their  being 
in  it 

I  speak  not  now  of  that  which  is  generally  regarded  as  christian  morals,  but  of  that  great 
and  ennobling  principle  so  essential  to  the  existence  of  what  we  deem  to  be  the  noblest  work  of 
Gkxi  —an  honest  man — upright  in  purpose  and  practice. 

Many  indeed  are  the  ingredients  essentially  necessary  to  the  compound,  and  if  in  every 
case  they  have  not  possessed  all  (and  'tis  acknowledged  that  there  are  exceptions  to  all  general 
rules),  yet  as  a  whole,  I  believe  they  are  entitled  to  these  considerations  that  if  as  a  family  or  a 
people  they  have  not  always  occupied  the  highest  positions  in  life,  they  have  not  degraded  to 
the  lowest. 

Many  of  them  have  filled  with  credit  honorable  positions  both  in  Church  and  State,  and 
I  believe  they  have  invariably  discharged  the  duties  of  their  respective  positions  with  credit  to 
themstlves  and  fidelity  to  their  constituents. 

As  a  people  they  have  been  law-abiding,  subject  to  the  powers  that  be  without  vassalage, 
dignified  without  ostentation,  prudent  and  economical  without  parsimony,  confiding  without  du- 
plicity, and  arduous  in  the  accomplishment  of  their  purposes  with  due  r^^rd  to  the  rights  of 
others. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  179 

I  know  of  none  of  the  name  who  has  been  deprived  of  his  liberty  for  violating  the  laws 
of  his  country,  or  made  to  expiate  his  crimes  upoi>  the  gallows,  but  I  believe  they  have  always 
been  forward  to  obey  the  demands  of  the  Grovernment  in  its  time  of  need  as  well  as  in  its  time 
of  prosperity.  In  the  recent  struggle  through  which  the  Government  has  just  passed  so  tri- 
umphantly, I  enumerate  some  ten  or  twelve  of  our  intimate  connections,  who  have  marched  at 
their  country's  call  to  aid  in  quelling  the  great  rebellion,  some  of  whom  have  fallen  and  now 
fill  a  soldier's  grave  in  the  land  where  they  fell. 

William,  my  brother's  son  (and  I  regard  his  name  as  worthy  of  mention  here),  enlisted 
for  the  second  time,  was  taken  prisoner  at  the  battle  of  the  Wilderness,  confined  in  Anderson- 
ville  prison,  and  was  there  inhumanly  starved  to  death.  When  we  consider  the  direct  or  indi- 
rect causes  of  that  tremendous  struggle,  that  it  was  not  begun  on  our  part  with  a  view  to  the 
acquisition  of  territory  belonging  to  others,  nor  yet  with  a  view  to  national  aggrandizement  super- 
induced by  that  unhallowed  ambition  which  in  ancient  times  and  European  countries  has  de- 
luged the  earth  with  blood,  but  that  as  it  was  a  struggle  for  national  existence  we  feel  a  degree 
of  pride  in  contemplating  the  heroic  achievements  of  our  soldiers,  both  living  and  dead,  and 
therefore  we  speak  of  them  here  as  virtues  in  their  lives  worthy  of  record  in  their  history  and 
to  be  cherished  by  us  with  gratitude  to  the  great  Disposer  of  all  events  for  that  mighty  inter- 
position in  the  final  result. 

It  has  been  the  means  of  erasing  one  of  the  foulest  blots  in  our  national  history,  but 
further  remarks  are  perhaps  unnecessary.  I  will  now  speak  of  them  in  relation  to  their  pecu- 
niary condition.    As  a  people  they  have  not  been  immensely  rich,  nor  yet  immensely  poor. 

There  may  have  been  some  exception  to  this,  but,  as  a  general  rule,  I  believe  it  is  correct 
that  they  have  mostly  engaged  in  some  laudable  occupation,  by  which  they  procured  the  ne- 
cessaries and  even  the  luxuries  of  life,  in  many  cases. 

I  know  that  it  b  considered  by  some,  that  labor  is  degrading ;  but  how  do  you  reason  ? 
'Tis  demanded  that  man  shall,  by  the  sweat  of  his  brow,  eat  bread.  If  then,  I  eat  the  bread  of 
idleness,  I  not  only  violate  a  divine  law,  but  I  live  upon  the  unrequited  toil  of  another;  not 
only  so,  but  I  violate  other  items  of  moral  laws.  I  am  forced  to  either  violate  plighted  faith, 
or  steal.  If,  then,  labor  be  degrading,  theft  and  non-fulfillments  of  promises  must  be  ennobling 
or  exalting.  I  therefore  consider  the  man  that  labors  as  fulfilling  a  law  of  his  being,  and  as 
such  I  rank  it  among  the  virtues  of  our  people  or  kinsmen.  Labor  is  a  general  term,  and  has 
therefore  many  departments,  mental  as  well  as  physical. 

I  believe  they  will  compare  favorably  in  both  with  the  majority  of  their  peers. 

Having  said  thus  much  of  our  relations  regarding  their  business  habits,  together  with 
other  virtues  (for  I  regard  it  as  a  virtue),  I  will  now  consider  their  eligibility  to  the  claims  of 
honesty  of  purpose.  In  speaking  of  the  claims  to  this  ennobling  trait  of  character,  I  shall  con- 
sider it  in  the  light  of  obedience  to  divine  law,  for  it  is  true  that  one  may  be  upright  in  practice 
with  his  fellows  in  all  legal  matters,  and  yet  dishonest  and  unfaithful  to  hb  own  convictions  of 
revealed  truth  and  required  obedience  to  divine  law. 

A  king,  who  has  originated  many  wise  maxims,  in  giving  a  synopsis  of  all,  says :  what  is 
it  but  to  love  mercy,  deal  justly,  and  walk  humbly  with  God. 

Loving  mercy  superinduces  just  dealing,  but  walking  humbly  with  God  embodies  the  idea 
of  passive  or  strict  obedience  to  divine  law  in  our  own  family.  This  trait  of  character  develops  itself 
more  conspicuously  perhaps  than  would  be  the  case  with  the  entire  fraternity.  There  was  a  time 
when  there  were  eleven  members  of  my  father's  family  who  made  a  public  profession  of  the 
christian  religion,  and  as  they  have  departed  one  by  one,  until  at  this  day  there  are  but  five 
remaining — four  brothers  and  a  sister — it  is  gratifying  to  reflect  that  they  all  died  confiding  in 
the  promise  of  a  resurrection  to  a  future  state  of  blessedness  and  endless  being.  Also  brothers' 
wives,  and  sisters'  husbands,  entertaining  the  same  blessed  hope. 

Some  of  them  have  fallen  asleep ;  others  remain  to  meet  and  greet  us  upon  this  occasion.  My 
oldest  sister,  Leora,  who  died  in  1820,  also  leaves  with  us  gratifying  reflections.  And  now  I  shall  have 
done  after  speaking  of  the  origin  of  these  reunions,  or  what  we  have  previously  called  family  visits. 


i8o  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Some  twenty-five  or  thirty  years  have  elapsed  since  we  were  accostomed  to  meet  at  the  old 
homestead  then  still  occupied  by  our  beloved  parents,  and  spend  the  day  in  friendly  greeting,  re- 
newal of  family  associations,  and,  as  I  distinctly  remember,  resurrecting  reminiscences  of  child- 
hood, and  among  the  many  items  of  good  cheer  and  social  enjoyment  on  these  occasions,  stood 
forth  most  conspicuously,  the  table,  as  on  the  present  occasion,  richly  laden  with  the  choicest 
viands,  gathered  from  the  well-stored  baskets  of  the  members  of  the  numerous  fiimily. 

Thus  have  I  spoken  of  our  ancestry,  their  first  landing  on  this  continent,  their  settlement  in 
Connecticut,*  their  business  habits,  their  fidelity,  their  loyalty,  their  pecuniary  circumstances,  their 
christian  morals  and  social  character,  together  with  our  emigration  to  Vermont  and  thence  to 
Ohio,  and  the  incidents  connected  therewith.  And  now,  esteemed  relatives,  if  this  be  not  an  over- 
drawn picture,  permit  me  to  express  the  hope  that  that  rich  legacy  bequeathed  to  as  by  our  be- 
loved parents — not  in  dollars  and  cents— but  in  that,  the  value  of  which  is  beyond  computation, 
viz. :  moral  character,  may  be  transmitted  to  our  children  and  our  children's  children,  even  to  the 
latest  generation. 

On  motion  of  Sardis  Fletcher  Hubbell,  of  Michigan, 

Resolved,  That  the  foregoing  address  be  sent  to  Jason  Hubbell,  of  Indiana,  as  an  item  of 
history,  to  be  made  an  integral  part  of  the  contemplated  volume  on  the  Hubbell  £unily."f 


ELBERT  EDWARDS  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County. 
Connecticut,  son  of  David  Hubbell  and  Betsey  Beardsley,  was  bom  January 
nth,  1817,  in  Trumbull,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut. 

His  parents  moved  to  Bridgeport  when  he  was  a  year  old,  and  he  has 
since  resided  there. 

In  1834  he  entered  the  counting-room  of  his  uncles,  J.  and  G.  E.  Hubbell, 
wholesale  grocers  and  Boston  coasters,  where  he  remained  a  number  of  years, 
after  which,  in  conjunction  with  his  father  he  carried  on  the  business  of  manu- 
facturing saddle-trees,  and  selling  groceries  by  retail. 

In  1848  he  and  Mr.  Sherwood  Sterling  established  a  wholesale  grocery 
house  at  380  and  382  Water  Street,  the  firm  being  known  as  E.  E.  Hubbell  & 
Co.,  the  partnership  continued  seventeen  years.  His  brother,  George  H.  Hub- 
bell, took  Mr.  Sterling's  place  in  the  firm,  and  after  the  death  of  Mr.  Greorge  H. 
Hubbell,  April  4th,  1877.  the  firm  became  E.  E.  Hubbell  &  Son,  Mr.  Charles 
E.  Hubbell,  his  eldest  son,  taking  his  brother's  place,  April  17th,  1877. 

On  April  17th,  1880,  Mr.  Howard  G.  Hubbell,  his  youngest  son,  entered 
the  firm,  which  has  since  been  known  as  E.  E.  Hubbell  &  Sons. 

The  firm  now  carries  on  business  at  469,  471,  473  and  475  Water  Street, 
only  a  few  doors  from  the  old  stand. 

Elbert  Edwards  Hubbell  is  one  of  the  best-known  residents  of  Bridgeport, 
and  "  his  word  is  as  good  as  his  bond."  He  is  deacon  of  the  First  Congre- 
gational Church,  established  by  Richard  Hubbell,  the  First,  and  eight  other 
early  settlers,  in  1695. 


*  Richard  Hubbell,  of  PequoDDOck,  Fairfield  County,  CooDectlcut,  was  the  first  and  00I7  man  of  the  naae 
who  came  to  America  during  the  existeoce  of  the  Colonies.  This  fact  was  not  known  to  Soljman  Hubbell  when  be 
delivered  the  above  address. 

t  The  mafMucripi  of  JaaoD  Hubbell's  valuable  Genealogical  Becord  is  included  in  this  work,  haring  been  pre- 
sented to  the  Author  by  William  Hoemer  Hubbell,  of  Vandalia,  Fayette  County,  Illinois. 


SAMSON  HARVEY  HUBBELL,  of  Eaton,  Preble  County,  Ohio,  eldest 
son  of  Jacob  Hubbell  and  Jane  Truesdail,  was  born  April  6th,  1808,  in  Clark 
County,  Ohio. 

In  1814  his  parents  determined  to  make  Cincinnati,  then  in  its  infancy, 
their  future  home,  and  moved  there  with  their  family. 

In  1827,  Mr,  Hubbell  removed  to  Eaton,  Preble  County,  Ohio,  where 
in  1831  he  married  Isabella  Hall  Acton,  a  lady  born  in  Lexington,  Rockbridge 
County,  Virginia. 

In  1853  he  returned  to  Cincinnati,  and  embarked  in  the  wholesale  dry 
goods  business,  being  the  senior  member  of  the  firm  of  Hubbell,  Alexander  & 
Driver,  afterwards  Hubbell,  Driver  &  Cottom. 

After  a  sojourn  of  twelve  years  in  the  Queen  City,  he  returned  to  Eaton, 
Ohio,  preferring  to  spend  the  declining  years  of  life  in  the  quietude  of  a  village 
rather  than  amidst  the  strife  and  bustle  of  a  city. 

Mr.  Hubbell  is  a  remarkably  plain  gentleman,  contemning  hypocrisy  in  all 
its  forms,  and  in  his  quiet  home  in  Eaton  is  beloved  alike  by  family  and  friends. 


1 82  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

CAROLINE  HUBBELL,  eldest  daughter  of  Nathaniel  B.  Hubbell,  was 
bijrn  in  Dutchess  County,  New  York,  in  1808,  was  married  to  Richard  Cole  in 
1843,  and  died  in  San  Francisco,  California,  January  7th.  1876. 

From  a  child,  she  was  remarkable  for  her  deep  earnest  piety  and  a  desire 
to  occupy  some  influential  position  in  life,  where  she  could  be  of  great  benefit  to 
her  race.  In  1830  she  established  a  Young  Ladies*  Institute  in  New  Bruns- 
wick, New  Jersey,  which  she  successfully  conducted  for  some  twelve  years, 
closing  her  school  in  1843,  to  become  a  missionary  to  China,  under  the  auspices 
of  the  Presbyterian  Board  of  Foreign  Missions.  In  1843  she  became  acquainted 
with  Mr.  Richard  Cole,  who  was  also  to  go  out  to  China  as  missionary,  and  as 
printer  of  Bibles  and  tracts  in  the  Chinese  language  ;  after  an  acquaintance  of  a 
few  months  they  were  married,  and  on  October  6th,  1843,  sailed  from  the  port 
of  New  York  in  the  ship  Huntress^  Captain  Lovett,  for  Hong  Kong,  where  they 
arrived  after  a  passage  of  136  days. 

The  journal  that  she  kept  during  the  voyage,  is  very  interesting,  will  richly 
repay  its  perusal  in  the  description  of  the  varied  incidents,  connected  with  a 
voyage  through  so  many  storms  and  calms. 

We  have  room  for  extracts  from  her  journal  for  only  the  first  and  the 
last  days  of  her  voyage. 

''Ship  Hyadrtvi,  October  6th,  1843. 

Can  it  be  possible,  that  I  have  taken  a  final  adieu  of  the  shores  of  my  long-loved  native  land, 
of  friends  dear  unto  me  as  myself,  and  that  I  am  embarked  upon  the  restless  ocean,  destined  to  a 
far  distant  land  of  strangers,  not  knowing  what  shall  befall  me  there !  It  is  even  so.  The  last  sad 
scene  of  parting  lingers  before  me  in  all  its  interest ;  a  chord  of  sensibility  was  touched  unknown 
before.  The  solemn  toll  of  the  bell  that  summoned  us  to  part,  the  long-continued  pressure  of  the 
hand,  extended  for  the  last  time,  the  silent  farewell,  which  bespoke  emotions  too  big  for  utterance, 
and  then  the  weeping  sorrowful  eye  as  the  boat  pushed  away  from  us,  followed  by  the  waning  of  long- 
loved,  long-cherished  countenances  in  the  far  distance ;  this  was  a  scene  never  to  be  forgotten.  What 
heart  could  but  falter  and  feel  its  need  of  more  than  human  aid  for  support  I  I  turned  to  the  cabin 
and  poured  out  my  heart  to  Him,  who  has  promised  that  as  our  day  is,  so  shall  our  strength  be. 

February  28,  1844. 

Arrived  at  Hong  Kong,  February  19th,  went  on  shore  and  remained  three  days,  when  we 
were  met  by  Brother  Lowrie  from  Masar,  and  conducted  thither.  Our  passage  ended  with  136  days, 
during  all  which  time  we  were  kept  as  in  the  hollow  of  an  Almighty  hand,  and  were  not  permitted 
to  sufler  even  with  fear. 

Our  emotions  on  arriving  in  a  heathen  land,  it  is  difficult  to  express  in  adequate  language. 
A  view  of  the  heathen  as  they  are,  is  enough  to  move  a  heart  of  adamant  May  Crod  grant  us  long 
life  in  their  midst  and  make  us  eminently  faithful  to  the  end.'' 

While  there,  she  was  engaged  in  missionary  labor,  in  which  she  was  very 
efficient  and  successful.  A  son  was  born  to  them  in  China,  in  1848.  They 
also  adopted  as  their  own  child  a  Chinese  infant  giving  her  the  name  of  Annie 
S.  Cole  (she  is  now,  1881,  living  in  San  Francisco,  California). 

In  1853,  owing  to  the  ill  health  of  her  husband,  she  returned  to  San  Fran- 
cisco, and  subsequently  for  a  number  of  years  had  charge  of  the  "  Woman's 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMH.Y.  183 

Mission  to  Chinese  Women  and  Children^''  in  that  city,  in  which  work  she  was 
engaged  at  the  time  of  her  death. 

In  their  Annual  Report  of  the  Mission  for  the  year  ending  December  31st, 
1875,  the  officers  of  the  Society  say: 

"  In  presenting  our  Annual  Report,  at  the  close  of  this  the  sixth  year  of  oar  activities  as  an 
organic  body,  we  find  ourselves  sitting  in  the  shadow  of  a  deep  grief*  and  suffering  what  to  us  seems 
an  irreparable  loss.  During  the  last  week  of  our  school  year,  one  faithful  and  beloved  missionary, 
Mrs.  Caroline  Hubbell  Cole,  was  called  from  her  earthly  labors,  to  the  blessed  ei^oyment  of  her 
longer  life  to  the  rest  that  remaineth  to  the  full  recompense  of  reward.'' 

Further  on  the  Report  says : 

'^  That  her  labors  were  very  successful,  training  several  hundred  children,  and  through  them 
reaching  many  parents  and  homes.'' 

She  had  also  a  large  Bible  Class  at  the  Mission,  the  pupils  of  which  were 
warmly  attached  to  her.  By  the  children  of  the  day-school  she  was  regarded 
with  reverent  aflection,  as  will  be  best  evinced  by  the  following  letter  recently 
received  by  Mrs.  Cole  from  three  of  her  most  interesting  pupils,  who  had 
recently  returned  to  China.  Their  ages  were  seven,  nine  and  eleven  respec- 
tively. The  quaint  and  original  style  of  the  letter  warrants  its  presentation. 
It  was  written  in  Chinese,  and  the  translation  reads  thus : 

'*  Respectively  the  answer  to  the  foreign  lady  is  laid  upon  her  boudoir  to  meet  the  glance  of 
her  eye. 

Your  pupils  in  the  fillh  month  and  thirteenth  day,  had  already  arrived  at  Canton  the  capital, 
and  on  the  same  day  departed  into  the  country  in  perfect  health  and  prosperity,  and  all  because  of 
trust  in  the  teacher's  gospel. 

But  because  your  pupil's  father  and  children  have  just  reached  home,  we  have  very  much 
business,  and  not  a  moment's  leisure,  and  have  not  therefore  gone  to  the  worship  hall,  nor  to  the 
gospel  chapel  in  the  city  (Canton)  to  visit.  We  earnestly  beg  that  you  will  not  be  displeiCsed. 
You,  lady,  will  cherish  in  memory  your  Si  Mooeh  and  the  others.  You  will  ten  parts*  remember 
and  love  us.  You  have  towards  us  the  heart  of  a  father  and  mother.  We  three  pupils  will  take  a 
day,  and  ourselves  will  walk  to  the  gospel  chapel  and  worship,  all  to  pay  our  respects  to  each  of  the 
teachers,  and  again  to  listen  to  doctrines,  which  is  a  delightful  prospect. 

Formerly  you,  lady,  taught  us  pupils,  and  it  was  like  sitting,  and  being  fanned  by  the  sooth- 
ing breezes  of  the  spring  season.    Your  pupils.  • 

81  Mooeh. 

Ah  Han. 
Ah  Sho. 
Together  do  Kan-tan  (i.  e.,  bow  their  heads  down  to  the  earth  in  obeisance).    QuaxShoi, 
Emperor.    1st  year,  7th  month,  9th  day." 

No  better  tribute  could  be  paid  to  the  devoted  faithfulness  of  this  earnest 
and  devout  woman. 

A  few  years  previous  to  her  death,  she  buried  her  only  son,t  (who  was 
grown  to  man's  estate),  and  her  husband.J 


*  The  Ten  Conimandments. 

t  Name  unkoown  to  the  Author. 

X  Prepared  from  matter  kindly  rurnished  by  William  Lafayette  Habbell,  Esq.,  of  New  York  aty,  N.  Y. 


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WILLIAM  SHELTON  HUBBELL,  of  Benzonia,  Benzie  County. 
Michigan,  eldest  son  of  Samuel  Hubbell  and  Betsey  Shelton,  was  bom  in 
Stratford,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  July  23d,  1812. 

His  father  died  very  suddenly  in  September,  iSiJ,  leaving  his  mother  in 
reduced  circumstances,  with  two  children,  himself  and  a  baby  brother,  Richard 
Mansfield  Hubbell,  now  of  Norwich,  Connecticut.  In  the  spring  of  1820,  when 
eight  years  old,  his  mother  married  James  Fitts,  of  West  Hartford,  Connecticut, 
a  woollen  manufacturer  by  trade.  William  lived  at  home  with  his  step-father, 
going  to  school  in  the  winter,  and  working  during  the  summer  at  the  woollen 
trade  and  on  the  farm.  In  1828,  when  sixteen  years  old,  he  was  apprenticed 
for  four  years  to  learn  the  trade  of  a  woollen  manufacturer,  with  Fitts  &  Gilbert, 
of  Orange,  Connecticut.  While  at  Orange  working  at  his  trade,  at  the  age  of 
eighteen,  he  joined  a  temperance  society,  and  has  kept  the  pledge  he  then  took 
to  the  present  day  (1881).     In    1831   he  experienced  religion  and  joined  the 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.      .  185 

Congregational  Church  of  Orange,  and  has  always  been  an  active  church- 
member. 

In  May,  1832,  at  the  age  of  twenty,  having  faithfully  served  his  appren- 
ticeship, he  started  for  the  then  far  west  State  of  Ohio,  departing  on  the  steam- 
boat Sun,  owned  by  Vanderbilt,  and  running  from  Bridgeport,  Connecticut, 
to  Albany,  New  York,  thence  by  packet  line  canal  boat  Tdegraph,  Captain 
Chapin,  to  Buffalo,  New  York,  and  from  there  by  steamboat  to  Erie,  Pennsyl- 
vania, from  there  he  walked  through  an  almost  unbroken  wilderness,  sixty-five 
miles,  to  Gustavus,  Trumbull  County,  Ohio.  For  thirty  miles  there  were  no 
houses  on  the  old  salt  trail,  which  he  took. 

In  the  fall  he  went  to  Warren,  Ohio,  and  worked  at  his  trade,  all  the  work 
in  the  factory  being  done  by  hand,  except  carding  and  fulling,  which  was  done 
by  water-power.  He  returned  to  Gustavus  during  the  following  winter,  and 
early  in  the  spring  commenced  the  erection  of  a  woollen  mill  at  the  latter  place, 
in  company  with  L.  W.  Case. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  married  on  August  13th,  1833,  to  Eliza  Case,  daughter 
of  Deacon  Asa  Case,  of  Gustavus,  by  the  Reverend  Joseph  Badger,  a  cele- 
brated Missionary  to  the  Indians. 

The  woollen  mill  erected  by  Mr.  Hubbell  and  Mr.  Case  was  the  first  one 
built  in  Northeastern  Ohio  north  of  Warren ;  it  was  driven  by  ox-power,  the 
oxen  being  placed  on  an  endless  track,  such  as  is  used  now  (i  881)  by  farmers. 
Mr.  Hubbell  built  all  the  machinery  for  the  manufacture  of  cloth,  flannel  and 
yarn,  excepting  the  shearing  machine,  which  was  bought  in  Vermont,  shipped 
to  Ashtabula,  Ohio,- on  Lake  Erie,  and  thence  hauled  by  team  to  Gustavus,  at 
a  great  expense.  All  the  iron  used  in  the  construction  of  the  machines  was 
purchased  in  Pittsburgh,  and  hauled  by  teams  about  a  hundred  miles  to  Gus- 
tavus. Although  they  labored  under  many  disadvantages  in  building  the 
machinery,  in  many  cases  having  first  to  make  the  tools  to  work  with,  the 
factory  was  completed  and  started  in  the  spring  of  1834. 

The  factory  was  run  successfully  by  ox-power  for  two  years.  In  August, 
1836,  Mr.  Hubbell  bought  an  engine  and  boiler  in  Pittsburgh,  and  put  them 
up  in  the  factory.  This  was  the  only  steam  engine  to  be  seen  for  miles,  and 
was  a  great  curiosity  to  the  people  of  the  surrounding  country.  He  continued 
to  run  this  factory  until  May,  1839,  in  which  year  he  sold  out  and  moved  to 
Plymouth,  Ashtabula  County,  Ohio,  where  he  built  a  water-power  woollen 
factory,  in  which  he  started  the  first  power  spinning-jack  and  power  loom  ever 
run  in  Northern  Ohio.  In  May,  1844,  he  removed  to  Chenango,  Pennsylvania, 
where  he  built  a  dam  across  the  Chenango  river,  and  erected  a  large  woollen 
mill,  store,  ashery  and  two  dwelling-houses. 

A  mistake  having  been  made  in  taking  the  level,  the  dam  backed  a  long 
distance  up  the  stream,  in  consequence  of  which  the  neighbors  became  much 

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1 86  .       HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

incensccr,  believing  that  it  made  the  locality  unhealthy.  In  the  fall  of  1846  a 
mob  of  about  fifty  men  tried  to  tear  the  dam  out,  working  all  one  aftemoon 
unsuccessfully,  Mr.  Hubbell  and  his  workmen  repairing  the  damage  to  the 
.same  in  about  two  hours ;  and  until  a  very  few  years  ago,  the  dam  was  still 
there.  The  same  fall  he  took  a  partner  in  the  business.  Through  ddits  of 
his  partner  paid  out  of  the  business,  and  the  burning  of  his  &ictory  by  an  in- 
cendiary, he  became  much  involved,  and  made  an  assignment  of  all  his  prop- 
erty for  the  benefit  of  his  creditors,  was  released  by  them,  and  moved  to  Guil- 
ford, Connecticut,  penniless,  but  not  broken-hearted.  In  Guilford  he  entered 
into  partnership  with  Mr.  Johnson,  built  and  operated  a  woollen  &ctoiy  for  two 
years,  when  he  sold  out  his  interest  and  returned  to  Gustavus,  Ohio,  in  the  fell 
of  1849. 

In  the  spring  of  1850  he  removed  to  Kingsville,  Ashtabula  County,  Ohio, 
and  took  charge  of  the  woollen  factory  of  S.  C.  Osbom  &  Co.,  of  which  he 
was  foreman  for  one  year. 

In  1851  he  went  into  partnership  with  Amos  Burnett,  and  built  a  woollen 
mill  on  the  Conneaut  river,  and  in  1852  bought  out  Mr.  BumetL 

In  the  fall  of  1854  he  opened  a  store  in  the  village,  in  connection  with 
the  manufacturing  business.  About  this  time  he  commenced  the  business  of 
buying  woollen  waste,  and  after  cleaning  it,  shipped  it  East,  to  be  manufac- 
tured into  the  finest  all-wool  cloths ;  and  in  connection  with  this  business,  he 
traveled  very  extensively  throughout  the  West  for  several  years,  buying  wool, 
wool  waste  and  pelts.  The  business  of  buying  and  selling  manu&cturers'  ma- 
terials gradually  absorbed  all  his  time  and  attention,  so  that  tlie  factory  was 
finally  discontinued,  and  the  building  torn  down  in  i860,  the  machinery  hav- 
ing been  previously  disposed  of. 

In  the  summer  of  i860  he  and  his  wife,  and  wife's  brother,  visited  L.  W. 
Case,  at  Benzonia,  Michigan,  who  had  just  removed  from  Ohio  to  that  then 
wilderness,  and  he  was  so  much  pleased  with  the  country,  that  in  Januar}', 
1862,  accompanied  by  his  oldest  son,  Lucius  William  Hubbell,  he  started 
for  the  wilderness  overland,  by  rail,  to  Ferrysburgh,  from  which  place  it  i^-as 
one  hundred  and  twenty  miles  through  the  lumber  country,  with  only  a  few 
small  lumbering  towns  intervening.  The  snow  was  over  two  feet  deep,  weather 
very  severe,  and  roads  very  poor.  They  traveled  by  stage  and  team  to  Ma- 
nistee eighty  miles,  from  which  place  it  was  about  forty  miles  through  a  dense 
forest,  with  no  road  but  an  Indian  trail,  over  which  the  mail  was  carried  oooc 
a  week  by  an  Indian.  Falling  in  with  a  man  who  had  a  horse,  they  built  a 
small  jumper  of  poles,  and  accomplished  the  remainder  of  the  journey  in  two 
days.  Here  they  located  several  tracts  of  land,  and  in  the  spring  he  returned 
to  Ohio  to  attend  to  his  wool  business.  In  the  succeeding  fell  he  again  re- 
turned to  Michigan,  accompanied  by  his  son,  Lucius  William  HubbdL  and 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  187 

wife.  At  this  time  he  took  with  him  machinery  for  a  small  grist-mill,  there 
being  no  grist-mill  in  the  settlement,  nor  within  many  miles  of  it  The  ma- 
chinery was  freighted  to  Benzonia  with  great  difficulty,  and  during  the  fall 
and  winter  a  dam  was  built  across  a  small  spring  brook,  affording  excellent 
power;  a  log  building  18  by  24  feet  was  put  up,  the  pioneer  mill  completed,, 
and  the  first  grist  ground  in  February,  1863,  much  to  the  joy  and  relief  of  the 
surrounding  inhabitants,  most  of  whom  were  present  waiting  for  grists  to  be 
ground  for  their  suppers.  The  following  fall  he  moved  the  remainder  of  his 
family  to  Benzonia,  and  has  since  resided  there. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  appointed  one  of  the  commissioners  to  perfect  the  orga- 
nization of  Benzie  County,  has  held  many  offices  of  trust  and  honor,  was  one 
of  the  charter  members  of  the  Benzie  County  Agricultural  Society,  and  has 
been  re-elected  President  of  the  Society  for  eleven  consecutive  years. 


ORANGE  SCOTT  HUBBELL,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  County,  Connec- 
ticut, son  of  Harvey  Hubbell  and  Polly  Sherman,  was  born  in  Easton,  Con- 
necticut, December  12th,  1820. 

Was  educated  at  tlie  Staples  Institute,  in  Easton,  Connecticut,  taught 
school  for  several  years,  read  law  in  the  office  of  Governor  Bissell,  of  Norwalk, 
Connecticut,  and  afterwards  studied  and  practised  Pharmacy  in  Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania,  for  about  twenty-five  years,  retiring  to  his  home  in  Stratford  in 
1875. 

Mr.  Hubbeirs  residence,  "  Rivercliff,"  is  situated  on  the  Housatonic  River, 
and  is  considered  the  finest  country  place  in  that  portion  of  the  State ;  it  is 
well  stocked  with  the  finest  blooded  horses  and  Jersey  cattle  to  be  procured. 

Besides  being  a  great  authority  on  blooded  stock,  Mr.  Hubbell  is  a  thor- 
ough botanist,  and  has  made  many  valuable  discoveries  relating  to  agriculture. 


PETER  HUBBELL,  of  Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills,  Fairfield 
County,  Connecticut,  son  of  Isaac  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Hawkins,  was  born  in 
Huntington,  Connecticut,  on  March  ist,  1822. 

In  early  life  he  attended  the  district  school  with  his  brothers,  and  after- 
wards learned  the  trade  of  a  stone-mason,  and  worked  with  his  brothers,  Lucius 
and  Francis  B.,  on  nearly  all  their  contracts.  As  a  workman  he  has  few  su- 
periors.  Is  also  an  excellent  carver  in  wood,  very  expert  in  sharpening  tools 
for  stone-masons,  and  like  his  brother,  Francis  B.,  is  a  crack  shot  with  the 
rifle.  Having  sufficient  means  to  live  in  comparative  comfort,  he  has  retired 
from  the  active  pursuits  of  business,  and  now  devotes  the  winter  of  his  life  to 
meditations  of  a  serious  character,  concerning  the  life  hereafter. 


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FRANCIS  BL'RRITT  HUBBELL.  of  Huntington.  Upper  White  Hills, 
Fairfield  Countj',  Connecticut,  son  of  Isaac  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Hawkins,  was 
bom  November  27th,  1814,  in  Huntington,  Connecticut 

In  his  boyhood  he  attended  the  district  school,  and  afterwards  learned 
the  trade  of  a  stone-mason. 

In  1831  he  assisted  hTs  brothers  to  erect  a  stone  factory  in  North  Bridge- 
port, Connecticut,  for  Thatcher  &  Bunnell,  and  he  and  his  brother  Lucius  built 
a  stone  grist-mill  in  Trumbull,  for  John  and  Gater  Beers,  in  f<»:ty-ocie  days,  in 
the  same  year 

In  1832  he  worked  in  North  Bridgeport  on  a  stone  block,  and  carried  the 
southeast  main  comer  alone,  which  was  an  undertaking  of  importance  for  one 
of  his  age. 

Among  the  numerous  contracts  filled  by  Mr.  Hubbell  for  stone  work  dui^ 
ing  his  life,  the  following  important  ones  may  be  mentioned,  to  show  how 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  189 

industrious  he  has  been,  but  it  is  unnecessary  to  remark,  that  as  a  finished 
workman  his  services  have  always  been  in  great  demand. 

He  assisted  in  the  erection  of  a  stone  chapel  for  the  use  of  Yale  College, 
and  superintended  the  building  of  the  following  private  residences  for  their  re- 
spective owners :  a  stone  dwelling  for  Doctor  Beach  Middlebrook,  in  Trumbull, 
Connecticut;  and  a  free-stone  dwelling  in  West  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania 
(owner's  name  not  given).  He  and  his  brother  Lucius  contracted  for  and  built 
the  dwelling-house  of  Thaddeus  G.  Birdseye,  in  Birmingham,  Connecticut. 
Mr.  Hubbell  has  worked  on  or  contracted  for  nearly  all  the  stone  factories 
in  Ansonia,  Birmingham,  and  Huntington,  also  assisted  to  build  stone  churches 
in  Ansonia,  Birmingham^  Milford,  Waterbury,  Newtown,  and  Bridgeport,  Con- 
necticut. 

While  in  the  West,  in  1856,  he  worked  on  houses  in  St.  Paul,  Minnesota, 
Des  Moines,  and  Sioux  City,  Iowa.  Has  quarried  stone  among  the  Indians, 
in  Nebraska,  and  worked  on  factories,  banks,  churches,  hotels,  dwellings,  and 
bridges  on  Long  Island,  in  New  York  City,  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  and 
Norfolk,  Virginia,  also  worked  on  the  stone  prison,  at  Patterson,  New  Jersey ; 
and  contracted  for,  and  quarried  the  stone  for  the  floor  of  Fort  Sumpter,  South 
Carolina.  He  set  a  boiler  for  one  of  the  first  steam  saw-mills  in  Nebraska,  and 
has  worked  on  and  contracted  for  stone  buildings  in  all  the  important  States  of 
the  Union. 

In  his  leisure  moments  he  erected  an  imposing  stone  monument  for  him- 
self and  family.  It  is  situated  in  the  yard  of  the  "  Little  White  Church,"  on  the 
White  Hills,  of  Fairfield  County,  in  the  town  of  Huntington, — near  the  monu- 
ment erected  by  his  brother  Lucius, — and  marks  the  last  resting-place  of  his 
wife,  Augusta,  who  departed  this  life  February  2d,  1865. 

This  short  sketch  of  Mr.  Hubbell  would  be  incomplete  without  some  men- 
tion of  his  wonderful  skill  as  a  marksman  with  the  rifle,  which,  in  his  hands, 
sends  forth  its  leaden  messengers  of  death  with  such  precision,  that  he  has 
stood  for  years  without  a  rival  in  his  native  county,  and  perhaps  to-day  is  un- 
surpassed as  a  crack  shot  in  his  native  State. 

In  order  to  give  a  proper  conception  of  his  skill  as  a  marksman,  it  may 
not  be  considered  out  of  place  to  state  that  on  January  5th,  1867,  he  scored  ten 
shots,  115^  inches  string,  at  forty  rods  in  succession ;  and  on  July  21st,  1877,  he 
made  ten  successive  shots,  14^  inches  string,  at  the  same  distance.  When  the 
weather  is  favorable,  he  can  send  ten  successive  balls  through  a  hole  an  inch  in 
diameter  (in  a  board),  at  twenty  rods.*  As  a  man  he  is  held  in  great  esteem 
by  all  who  know  him.  Is  a  prominent  member  of  the  Masonic  fraternity,  and 
one  of  the  best  known  members  of  the  large  settlement  of  Hubbells  on  the 
White  Hills. 

*  Twenty  rods  contain  three  hundred  and  thirty  feet. 


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JOHN  HUBBELL.  of  Buffalo,  Erie  County,  New  York,  was  the  eldest  son 
of  Elisha  Hubbell  and  Nancy  Kellogg,  both  of  Massachusetts.  His  obituary 
is  from  the  Buffalo  Express,  of  January  28th,  1880: 

"  The  death  of  Mr.  John  Hubbell,  which  occurred  >t  hie  Ksideoce,  No,  470  Fearl  itrect,  in 
lliiicil;,  at  twenty  mi nulM  ifier  one  o'clock  yesterday  morning,  removes  rrom  therankioTlhe 
legal  profewion  one  of  its  moet  learned  and  most  distinguished  memberf .  In  our  issue  of  yeaterday 
WG  had  only  time  and  space  to  make  a  simple  announc^nient  of  the  sad  event,  but  ibi*  moming  we 
shall  endeavor  In  give  our  readers  such  information  as  we  have  been  able  to  gather  concerning  the 
life  and  character  of  (he  deceased.  John  Hubbell  was  born  in  Canandaigua,  in  this  State,  on  the 
24th  of  December,  1H1!I,  and  hj^  early  education  was  mostly  obtained  in  that  place.  In  the  ch<»ce 
of  a  profewii'in  his  preference  lei)  bim  into  the  law,  and  he  studied  in  company  with  the  late  Hon. 
John  Qanson,  in  the  office  of  the  Inte  Mark  H.  Sibley,  at  Canandaigua.  Both  Ur.  Oanaon  and  Mr. 
Hubbell  were  admitted  (o  the  Bar  together,  about  the  year  1843,  and  very  aoon  thereaficr  the 
Uller  removed  to  Buffalo  and  entered  upon  the  practice  of  his  profession.  He  vroa  tbe  reaprct 
and  confidence  of  thowe  with  whom  he  came  in  contact  from  the  start,  and  in  a  short  liine  be  hid 
huilt  up  a  remunerative  business.  In  1S48  he  was  elected  City  Attn mey.  which  office  be  filled 
with  marked  ability  and  general  suiisfaction,  .A.fler  retiring  from  (bat  official  position  the  dcceved 
never  aficrwanLi  suught  any  other  political  honors.  He  devoted  himself  aaaidnously  to  hia  J^iti- 
luate  busineM,  and  his  ttudioua  industry  was  rewarded  by  a  large  ihare  of  profwaional  prapcri^. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY,  191 

In  the  year  18C7  he  left  Buffalo  and  established  himself  in  New  York  City,  where  he  soon  acquired 
a  large  practice.  His  sojourn  in  the  metropolis  extended  to  about  the  middle  of  1875,  when  he 
returned  to  this  city  and  resumed  his  business  and  social  associations  which  had  been  broken  otf 
eight  years  before. 

As  a  lawyer  John  Hubbell  occupied  an  eminent  and  enviable  position.  His  studious  nature 
had  enabled  him  to  develop  abilities  of  an  uncommon  order,  and  his  extensive  and  successful  prac- 
tice made  him  one  of  the  most  prominent  lawyers  in  the  State.  While  practising  in  Buffalo,  he 
was  connected  with  several  large  and  important  cases.  As  the  attorney  of  the  late  Orlando  Allen, 
and  also  of  the  Western  Transportation  Company,  his  abilities  and  skill  were  repeatedly  brought 
into  play  through  the  medium  of  extensive  litigations.  The  professional  as  well  as  the  social 
tastes  of  the  deceased  were  of  a  peculiarly  high  standard.  He  possessed  an  absolute  distaste  for 
criminal  business,  and,  we  are  informed,  never  tried  but  one  criminal  case  in  his  life.  He  pre- 
ferred to  deal  with  admiralty  and  civil  business,  and  his  superior  mind  and  great  store  of  legal 
knowledge  made  him  thoroughly  competent  to  handle  the  most  intricate  and  important  cases.  As 
an  indication  of  the  high  esteem  in  which  Mr.  Hubbell  was  held  throughout  the  State,  we  need  only 
call  attention  to  the  fact  that  he  was  one  of  the  sixty  prominent  lawyers  of  the  State  whose  portraits 
had  been  selected  to  hang  in  the  Court  of  Appeals  chamber  in  the  new  capital  building  at  Albany. 
Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  practitioner  in  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  States.  He  was,  at  the  time 
of  his  death.  President  of  the  Buffalo  Bar  Association :  also  a  member  of  the  Fine  Arts  Academy 
and  the  Buffalo  Historical  Society.  He  was  an  honorary  member  of  the  Union  League  Club  of 
New  York  City,  and  enjoyed  the  respect  and  friendship  of  a  great  number  of  scientific  and  literary 
men  throughout  the  State.  He  was  an  enthusiastic  lover  of  good  literature,  and  his  tastes  and 
extensive  reading  brought  him  into  intimate  association  with  many  of  our  leading  scholars  and 
thinkers. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  married  on  the  9th  of  October,  1850,  to  a  daughter  of  Mr.  Benjamin  Camp- 
bell, then  of  Rochester,  and  five  children,  three  sons  and  two  daughters,  have  blessed  their  union. 
The  wife  and  children  all  survive ;  the  three  sons,  Messrs.  John  C,  Mark,  and  F.  H.,  are  all  law- 
yers and  are  quite  well  known  in  society.  The  deceased  was  a  man  of  rare  social  tendencies ; 
thoroughly  devoted  to  his  family,  genial,  warm-hearted  and  considerate,  and  his  loss  will  be  felt 
keenly  by  those  most  near  and  dear  to  him.  The  heartfelt  sympathy  of  a  very  larji^e  portion  of 
this  community  will  be  extended  to  the  bereaved  wife  and  children  in  their  great  affliction. 

This  afternoon  at  three  o'clock  there  will  be  a  meeting  of  the  members  of  the  Buffalo  Bar, 
to  take  appropriate  action  on  the  death  of  Mr.  Hubbell.  The  meeting  will  be  held  in  the  General 
Term  court-room  of  the  City  and  County  Hall. 

Shortly  after  eleven  o'clock  yesterday  forenoon  the  Hon.  James  M.  Humphrey  arose  in  the 
Supreme  Court,  Special  Term,  and  called  attention  to  the  death  of  Mr.  Hubbell.  After  a  brief  but 
earnest  eulogy  of  the  deceased  he  moved  that  the  court  adjourn  as  a  mark  of  respect  to  his  memory. 
Remarks  of  a  feeling  and  complimentary  nature  were  then  made  by  Mr.  £.  C.  Bobbins  and  Judge 
Albert  Haight,  after  which  the  latter  declared  the  court  adjourned  until  ten  o'clock  next  Monday 
morning. 

Shortly  after  five  o'clock  yesterday  afternoon  Mr.  William  H.  Gumey,  who  was  engaged  in 
the  trial  of  an  action  in. the  Superior  Court  before  Judge  Sheldon,  arose  and  said  that  he  was  very 
nuch  surprised  and  shocked  upon  learning  of  the  death  of  Mr.  John  Hubbell.  That  gentleman  had 
been  a  member  of  the  bar  of  Erie  County  for  many  years,  and  had  always  borne  the  esteem  and 
respect  of  his  colleagues  as  well  as  the  citizens  at  large.  He  had  also  been  a  member  of  the  bar  of 
New  York* County  for  seven  years.  Mr.  Hubbell,  he  said,  was  a  man  of  ability  in  his  profession, 
and  was  entitled  to  the  respect  of  the  Court.  He  thereupon  moved  that  the  Court  adjourn  until 
this  morning. 

Judge  Sheldon  in  granting  the  motion  for  adjournment  said,  with  evident  emotion,  that  he 
had  heard  of  the  death  of  Mr.  Hubbell  with  great  regret.  They  came  to  the  bar  nearly  at  the 
same  time,  and  for  over  thirty-five  years  had  been  friends  and  rivals  in  the  noble  profession  which 
they  both  loved.    Mr.   Hubbell  long  stood  among  the  foremost  at  the  bar  of  Erie  County.    His 


192  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

mind  and  temperament  were  eminently  judicial,  and  had  he  acceded  to  the  wishes  of  his  friends 
he  would  long  ago  have  been  elevated  to  high  positions  on  the  bench.  He  was  a  genial  (riend  and 
public-spirited  citizen,  and  always  evinced  an  interest  in  our  institutions  of  art  and  literature.  The 
Judge  said  that  the  ranks  of  those  who  were  the  young  men  at  the  bar  with  him  had  been  thinned 
by  the  casualties  of  life,  so  that  but  few  more  were  left  who  started  oat  hopefully  in  their  cait*en, 
and  after  alluding  to  the  lesson  of  life  which  came  home  to  the  survivors,  in  the  death  of  Mr.  Hub- 
bell,  he  declared  the  court  adjourned. 

The  funeral  services  will  be  held  at  the  residence  of  the  family,  No.  470  Pearl  street,  on 
Thursday  at  half-past  three  o'clock  in  the  afternoon.  The  remains  will  be  taken  to  Mount  Hope 
Cemetery,  Rochester,  by  early  train  on  Friday  for  burial  in  the  family  lot 

In  the  death  of  Mr.  John  Hubbell  this  paper  and  its  editor  have  lost  a  staunch  and  almost 
a  life-long  friend,  and  we  make  no  apology  for  expressing  our  grief  in  these  columns.  Antedating 
the  foundation  of  the  Republican  party,  we  remember  Mr.  Hubbell  as  one  of  the  most  earnest  and 
enlightened  members  of  that  wing  of  the  Democracy  whose  irrepressible  devotion  to  '  Free  Soil, 
Fiee  Speech,  and  Free  Men'  led  to  that  great  split  in  their  own  party  which  made  Republican 
success  first  possible  and  then  complete.  He  was  one  of  the  leading  spirits  in  the  famous  Buf- 
falo Convention.  But  the  principal  incidents  of  his  honorable  career  are  given  elsewhere.  Here 
we  meant  but  to  speak  of  him  as  one  must  feel  toward  a  true  and  tried  friend  whose  antimelv 
taking-ofl*  brings  up  associations  of  earlier  and  perchance  happier  days.  To  his  bereaved  family 
we  can  only  extend  heartfelt  sympathy  in  their  deep  affliction." 


SILAS  CHURCHILL  HUBBELL,  of  Woodbridge,  New  Haven  County, 
Connecticut,  only  son  of  Siias  Hubbell  and  Abiah  Churchill,  his  wife,  was  bom 
September  17th,  1826,  in  Montgomery,  Hampden  County,  Massachusetts. 

Dr.  Hubbell  graduated  at  Berkshire  Medical  College,  Pittsfield,  Massachu- 
setts, in  1848. 

He  practised  in  Westfield,  Massachusetts,  from  1848  to  1853.  Removed 
to  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  in  1853,  ^^^  practised  there  until  1867,  in  which 
year  he  moved  to  Woodbridge,  where  he  now  (1881)  resides.  Dr.  Hubbell  is 
a  family  practitioner,  and  makes  specialties  of  several  important  branches  relatin<y 
to  children. 


GEORGE  E.  HUBBELL,  of  Davenport,  Scott  County,  Iowa,  son  of 
John  L.  Hubbell  and  Sophia  Morse,  his  wife,  was  bom  April  7th,  1828,  in 
Salisbury,  Connecticut. 

Graduated  at  Yale  Law  School,  New  Haven.  Connecticut,  in  1851. 

Married  Mary  B.,  daughter  of  O.  Pease,  Esq.,  and  grand-daughter  of 
James  Brewster,  in  1852. 

In  1853  Mr.  Hubbell  established  a  law  office  in  Nassau  street,  New  York 
City,  and  in  the  fall  of  same  year  moved  to  Davenport,  where  he  has  since 
resided  and  practised  his  profession. 

His  first  wife  died  in  1872,  and  in  1874  he  married  Mary  C,  daughter  of 
Rev.  S.  G.  J.  VVorthington,  the  well-known  Methodist  clergyman. 


WILLIAM  WHEELER  HUBBELL,  son  of  Truman  Mallory  Hubbell 
and  Mary  Ann  Flower,  was  born  March  4th,  1821,  in  the  District  of  Northern 
liberties,  Philadelphia  County  (now  Philadelphia),  Pennsylvania. 

He  spent  much  of  his  early  boyhood  near  Chester,  Delaware  County, 
Pennsylvania,  with  his  maternal  grandparents,  Richard  Flower  and  Henrietta 
Graham,  at  their  country  seat,  Lamokin.  He  went  to  school  first  in  Chester, 
and  afterwards  to  the  best  classical  academies  in  Philadelphia. 

In  1840  he  commenced  the  study  of  law  with  his  uncle  (by  marriage), 
John  Wayne  Ashmead.  Esq.,  of  Philadelphia,  and  was  admitted  to  the  Philadel- 
phia Bar,  March  5th,  1845,  was  soon  after  appointed  Master  in  Equity  by  Judge 


194  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

J.  K.  Kane,  and  also  practised  with  great  success  in  the  United  States  Circuit 
Courts,  in  many  Patent  Cases.  On  December  14th,  1848,  he  married  Eliza- 
beth Catharine,  daughter  of  Paul,  and  great  grand-daughter  of  Colonel  Chris- 
topher Ramillie,  a  Revolutionary  patriot  of  South  Carolina. 

His  career  as  a  counsellor-at-law  has  been  a  marked  one;  in  the  five  years 
from  his  first  admission  to  the  Bar,  he  was  admitted  an  Attorney  and  Counsel- 
lor of  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  States,  as  is  shown  by  the  following 
certificate : 

•*SUPBEME  COUKT  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES  OF  AMERICA. 

William  W.  Hubbell,  Esquire,  of  Philadelphia,  State  of  Pennsylvania,  was,  on  motion 
first  made  to  the  Court  in  this  behalf,  by  Hon.  Eeverdy  Johnson,  Attorney  General  of  the  United 
Ktates,  duly  admitted  and  qualified,  as  an  Attomey^and  Coun.<;ellor  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  the 
United  States,  on  the  20th  day  of  May,  in  the  year  of  our  Lord  one  thousand  eight  hundred  and 
fifty,  and  of  the  Independence  of  the  United  States  of  America  the  74th. 

In  testimony  whereof^  I,  William  Thomas  Carroll,  Clerk  of  said  Courts  have  hereunto  set 
my  hand,  and  affixed  the  seal  of  said  Court,  at  the  City  of  Washington,  thb  20th  day  of  May,  in 
the  year  of  our  Lord  one  thousand  eight  hundred  and  fifty. 

Wm.  Thos.  Carroll, 
[Seal.]  Clk.  Sup.  C^.  U.  S." 

In  1853,  a  committee  of  the  several  railroad  companies  now  constituting 
the  New  York  Central  Railroad  Company ;  also  the  New  York  and  Erie,  and 
Harlem, and  several  New  England  railroad  companies,  selected  Mr.  Hubbell  as 
counsel,  to  prepare  a  defence  in  the  Ross  Winans'  "Great  Eight- Wheel  Car  Suits," 
for  an  alleged  infringement  of  Winans'  patent,  which  he  prepared  with  unusual 
skill.  One  of  the  cases  was  argued  before  Mr.  Justice  Nelson,  of  the  Supreme 
Court  of  the  United  States,  at  Cooperstown,  New  York  (in  the  United  States 
Circuit  Court).  Mr.  Hubbell  opened  the  case  for  the  defendants  in  one  of  the 
most  lucid  arguments  ever  delivered,  which  for  its  fullness  of  detail,  covering 
as  it  does  193  pages  of  printed  matter,  admirable  arrangement  and  strict  ad- 
herence to  the  truth,  redounds  to  his  credit,  industry  and  thorough  knowledge 
of  equity  and  law,  and  forms  an  important  historical  railroad  record.  The  case 
had  been  tried  previously  by  other  counsel  on  a  different  mechanical  basis,  in 
the  Northern  New  York  District,  and  a  jury  had  given  the  plaintiff  a  verdict. 
Under  his  preparation  of  defence  in  equity,  a  decision  for  the  defendants  was 
obtained  in  this  and  another  case  in  the  same  district,  and  upon  being  carried 
to  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  States  at  Washington,  his  theory  and 
legal  construction  was  sustained,  and  the  decision  so  secured,  in  favor  of  the 
defendants,  was  virtually  in  favor  of  all  railroad  companies  in  the  United  States, 
as  they  were  all  interested  by  use  of  the  eight-wheel  cars,  in  the  decision. 
The  cases  occupied  four  years,  and  involved  claims  for  about  two  million 
dollars;  for  his  services  Mr.  Hubbell  received  in  fees  the  handsome  sum  of 
fully  twenty  thousand  dollars.  Two  hundred  thousand  dollars  were  expended 
altogether  in  the  litigation. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY,  195 

He  was  also  of  counsel  in  the  great  case  of  the  State  of  Pennsylvania 
against  the  Wheeling  Bridge  Company,  in  1850,  and  in  the  Woodworth  Planing 
Machine  cases.  Also  the  Blanchard  Turning  Machine,  and  most  of  the  other 
great  patent  suits,  of  those  early  days. 

In  the  spring  of  1857,  he  had  the  misfortune  to  be  one  of  the  victims  of 
the  "  National  Hotel  disease,"  so-called  by  reason  of  the  fact  that  the  guests  of 
the  National  Hotel  in  Washington,  D.  C,  shortly  after  the  time  of  President 
Buchanan's  inauguration,  while  that  house  was  much  crowded,  were  simul 
taneously  prostrated  with  a  deadly  sickness,  supposed  to  have  been  caused  by 
arsenical  poison.  Many  died  in  a  few  days,  and  many  lingered  only  to  die  after 
years  of  suffering. 

By  his  knowledge  of  chemistry  and  antidotes,  he  was  barely  enabled  to 
withstand  the  effects  of  the  poison  for  many  years,  but  finally  recovered  his 
health  in  1880,  by  means  of  discoveries  he  made  of  combinations  in  chemistry, 
hereinafter  referred  to. 

Having  an  inventive  talent,  his  scientific  ability  has  been  recognized  by 
the  grant  to  him  of  many  important  patents,  and  fully  established  by  his  inven- 
tion of  the  explosive  shell  Fuses  used  in  the  army  and  navy  of  the  United 
States,  weapons  which  have  made  the  navies  of  the  world  resort  to  the  building 
of  iron-clad  vessels.  These  self-acting  shells  blew  up  the  Granite  Bogue  Forts 
of  China,  and  the  forts  and  vessels  of  Japan.  Mr.  Hubbell  having  patents, 
claimed  of  Congress  in  1862  compensation  for  his  several .  inventions  of  the 
self-acting  fuses  of  the  shells  used. 

In  1864  Congress  referred  the  matter  to  the  Court  of  Claims,  and  the 
United  States  Supreme  Court. 

Six  hundred  printed  pages  of  testimony  were  taken  and  the  Courts  sus- 
tained the  two  of  his  inventions  and  patents  which  had  proved  of  the  greatest 
value  to  the  Government. 

The  following  remarks  are  quoted  from  the  decision  of  the  Court  of 
Claims, in  "Hubbell  vs,  U.S.,"  1864,  No.  2 124. adjudicated  January  24th,  1870. 

"  For  years,  private  parties  as  well  as  various  officers  of  the  army  and 
navy  had  been  directing  their  thoughts  and  inventive  powers  to  the  produc- 
tion of  a  Fuse  that  should  be  both  certain  and  exact  in  the  explosion  of 
shells.  Among  these,  as  the  evidence  demonstrates,  there  was  no  more  intelli- 
gent, scientific  and  persistent  worker  than  the  claimant. 

It  is  fully  sustained  by  the  evidence  that  he  has  contributed,  in  an  im- 
portant degree,  by  his  inventions,  to  the  present  improved  and  efficient  pro- 
jectiles in  use  in  our  army  and  navy. 

We  further  find  that  Hubbell  was  the  first  and  original  inventor  of  the 
time  and  impact  Fuse,  as  claimed  by  him  in  his  patent  of  January  7th,  1862. 
And,  that  such  fuse  has  been   largely  and  extensively  used  by  the  United 


%€/>  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Stattri  in  violation  of  \i\%  rights  as  patentee.  And,  that  he  \s  justly  and  equitably 
tixt\X\eA  tr>  compensation  therefor^  under  the  joint  resolution  of  Cotxgress. 

We  further  find  that  HubbcII,  the  claimant,  is  the  first  and  original  inventor 
of  the  percussion  fuse,  as  claimed  in  his  patent  of  January  24th,  i860.  It  is 
proved  that  these  fuses  have  been  used  in  great  numbers  by  the  United  States 
in  derogation  of  claimant's  rights,  secured  by  his  patents. 

That  these  inventioas  have  been  and  are  of  great  importance  to  the  Gov- 
ernment is  apparent 

fJcveral  millions  of  these  fuses  were  used  during  the  war  of  the  rebellion. 
The  fcict  being  conceded  or  determined  that  he  is  the  original  inventor,  and  the 
use  undisputed,  his  right  in  every  respect  to  compensation  is  complete  and  per- 
fect, and  nothing  has  been  shown  from  which  we  can  infer  that  he  relinquished 
or  released  that  right ;  that  he  has  donated  its  use  to  the  United  States,  or  in 
any  wise  abandoned  his  invention." 

Under  this  decision  he  was  awarded  by  the  Court  and  Congress  $100,000, 
which  was  paid  to  him,  Congress  having  limited  the  power  of  the  Court  to  pay, 
but  directed  it  to  find  the  amount  of  the  indebtedness. 

The  royalty  found  in  his  favor  as  proved  and  established  was  the  sum  of 
$200jOOO  on  both  inventions,  one  for  the  navy  and  one  for  the  army.  Congress 
had  prc-agrccd  to  pay  Mr.  Hubbell,  if  proved  the  inventor,  $100,000  for  that 
U5icd  in  the  navy,  known  as  the  Navy  Time  Fuse,  and  with  which  the  whole 
navy  was  armed  before  the  war.  Eight  hundred  and  sixty  five  thousand  two 
hundred  and  fourteen  of  these  fuses  were  also  made  by  the  Government  during 
the  war  of  the  rebellion. 

The  other,  the  percussion  invention,  was  newly  introduced  in  the  army  for 
the  shells  of  rifled  cannon,  and  used  at  the  battle  of  Antietam,  where  its  value 
was  first  demonstrated.  Five  hundred  and  twenty-eight  thousand  six  hundred 
and  sixty-one  of  this  invention  were  used,  and  a  royalty  value  of  fully  $100,000 
established,  but  which  has  not  yet  (188 1)  been  paid  by  Congress.  Claim  is  made 
for  it  as  a  constitutional  right,  and  in  opposition  to  any  spirit  of  repudiation 
of  a  judicially  established  debt  of  the  war. 

The  first-mentioned  invention  sunk  the  Alabama  in  the  British  Channel, 
and  was  used  by  the  United  States  Navy  throughout  the  war  in  all  the  shell 
guns,  while  the  other  invention  was  used  by  the  army  in  all  the  rifled  cannon. 

It  is  worthy  of  record  that  no  battle  in  which  Mr.  Hubbeirs  Time  or  Per- 
cussion Shell  Fuses  were  used  was  lost. 

It  was  proved  in  the  case  that  he  perfected  the  inventions  and  applied 
thrir  use,  filed  in  the  Patent  Office  as  early  as  1846,  and  commenced  them  in 
the  year  1840  when  only  nineteen  years  of  age,  also  that  he  antedated  every 
other  inventor  in  the  world.  The  United  States  searched  the  world  in  vain 
for  evidence  to  defeat  him. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  197 

He  has  proposed  to  the  Board  of  Ordnance  to  construct  twelve-inch  rifle 
breech-loading  guns  of  cast  steel  of  a  tensile  strength  of  6o,ocx)  pounds  per 
square  inch,  for  which  he  has  patents — lately  granted — and  capable  of  crushing 
any  iron  clad  vessel  that  can  be  built  to  rtavigate  the  ocean. 

Among  his  other  inventions  may  be  mentioned  his  Enclosed  Centre 
Primed  Ammunition  and  Breech-loading  Fire  Arms,  to  use  the  same,  in  1842  ; 
Metallic  Centre  Primed  Infantry  Ammunition  in  1842.  1865  and  1872,  adopted 
by  the  United  States  Army.  Patent  granted  February  1 8th,  1879.  No.  212,- 
313.  Original  inventor  of  the  Solar  Magnet  and  Solar  Magnetic  Engine, 
described  in  the  Scientific  Americaft,  Frankiin  Institute  Journal,  and  London 
Mechanics'  Magazine  of  1850.  Original  inventor  of  the  Goloid  Dollar  of  1878, 
of  metric  standard  coinage,  and  of  the  metric  gold  standard  coinage.  Patents 
Nos.  191,146;  209,263;  211,630;  211,909,  A.  D.  1877,  1878  and  1879. 

In  1 841,  when  he  was  twenty  years  of  age.  Mr.  Hubbell  invented  and 
patented  the  sectional  draft  pipe  for  locomotives,  which,  applied  in  the  smoke 
box,  enabled  them  to  burn  coal  successfully. 

In  1844  he  patented  the  first  swinging  breech-block,  breech-loading  fire- 
arm. The  British  Government  ordered  one  of  him,  which  was  made  and  for- 
warded to  London.  England,  and  upon  this  the  Snider  rifle  of  the  British 
service,  and  the  United  States  infantry  arms,  using  his  primed  metallic  ammu- 
nition, arc  modified  improvements.  Upon  this  latter  invention  he  has  patented 
an  improved  construction,  adapted  for  heavy  ordnance. 

In  1874  he  and  his  brother,  Richard  Henry  Hubbell,  received  patents  for 
improvements  in  refining  cast  iron,  which  iron,  tested  at  the  Navy  Yard,  Wash- 
ington, D.  C,  gave  the  unparalleled  tensile  strength  of  60.958  pounds  to  the 
square  inch. 

He  is  the  discoverer  of  a  combination  in  chemistry  and  medicine,  called 
"  Vivopathy,"  which  has  produced  remarkable  curative  results,  and  he  is 
author  of  the  "  Legal  Tender  Note  Argument,"  sustaining  their  issue  as 
affirmed  by  the  United  States  Supreme  Court — (see  Congressional  Law  Li- 
brary)— and  author  of  the  coin  motto,  "  Deo  est  gloria**  (To  God  is  the  glory,) 
adopted  on  the  metric  coin  (see  House  of  Representative  bills  410,  411,  412, 
1 5 19  and  191 1,  Forty-sixth  Congress,  containing  the  entire  system  of  metric 
coinage  discovered  and  invented  by  him,  and  reported  by  the  Committee  of 
Coinage,  Weights  and  Measures, — of  which  the  Hon.  Alexander  Hamilton 
Stephens,  of  Georgia,  was  chairman, — favorably  for  adoption  by  the  United 
States,  and  providing  for  a  royalty  of  one  mill  on  every  dollar,  to  be  paid  to 
him  as  the  original  inventor  and  patentee ;  see  also  Report  203,  H.  R.,  Forty- 
sixth  Congress,  second  session,  accompanying  aforesaid  bills,  for  full  particu- 
lars). "  For  over  half  a  century  this  subject  had  baffled  the  skill  of  the  most 
eminent  investigators  of  the  civilized  world,"  and  Mr.  Hubbell  is  the  only  man 


198  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY, 

who  ever  solved  it  in  practical  metallurgy  for  a  standard  coinage  of  gold  and 
silver. 

He  was  Expert  on  Metallurgy  and  the  Metric  System  to  the  Forty-fifth 
Congress,  and  was  paid  by  special  act  of  Congress  for  this  service  (see  Report 
No.  23,  first  session,  Forty-sixth  Congress). 

In  conjunction  with  his  brother,  Richard  Henry  Hubbell,  he  carries  on  a 
stock  farm,  and  tobacco  and  grain  plantation,  embracing  nearly  a  thousand 
acres  of  land  near  Lynchburgh,  in  Appomattox  county,.  Virginia,  It  is  called 
Lamokin  Farm,  stretches  a  mile  across  Reedy  Creek  Valley,  and  is  the  exact 
spot  where, — after  Lee's  surrender  to  Grantat  Appomattox  Court  House, — ^thc 
Union  and  Confederate  cavalry  forces  were  drawn  up  in  lines  of  battle.  Upon 
receiving  news  of  the  surrender  a  parley  ensued,  and  the  Confederate  oflScers 
in  command,  instead  of  giving  the  word  "  Charge !"  ordered  their  soldiers  to 
"  Disband  and  go  home,  that  Lee  had  surrendered,  and  the  war  was  ended/* 

A  reser\'e  infantry  force  of  Lee's  army  was  heavily  entrenched  about  five 
miles  west  of  Lamokin  Farm,  towards  Lynchburgh,  among  the  mountains,  to 
reach  which  entrenchments  Lee  was  advancing  when  the  Union  forces  cut  him 
off  at  Appomattox  Court  House. 

The  stock  on  Lamokin  Farm  comprises  registered  Jersey  cattle  and  grade 
cattle  of  every  variety ;  also,  the  finest  trotting  stock  mares,  and  Southdown 
sheep. 

It  may  not  be  considered  out  of  place  in  this  short  sketch  to  speak  of 
Mr.  Hubbeirs  maternal  ancestors.  His  mother,  Mary  Ann  Hubbell  {ncc 
Flowerj  was  the  daughter  of  Henrietta  Graham,  a  lineal  descendant  of  the 
heroic  and  renowned  Graham,  who  married  the  daughter  of  Robert 
Stuart,  King  of  Scotland ;  the  pedigree  can  be  traced  in  any  of  the  leading 
works  on  heraldr>'.  The  Duke  of  Montrose  is  the  present  head  of  the  family 
in  Great  Britain  (see  heraldric  works  in  Astor  Library,  New  York  Cit>'; 
Martin's  "  History  of  Chester,"  Mercantile  Library,  Philadelphia ;  and  works  on 
heraldry,  in  Historical  Society  of  Pennsylvania,  in  Philadelphia;  also  Playfair's 
"  British  Family  Antiquity,*'  volume  III,  page  16,  and  volume  IV,  [>age  474). 

Mr.  Hubbell  has  light  brown  hair,  blue  eyes,  and  is  about  five  feet  ten 
inches  in  height;  his  phrenological  character  is  fully  described  in  the  "Ameri- 
can Phrenolpgical  Journal,"  New  York,  June,  1863.  which  also  contains  the  en- 
graved portrait  of  him  at  the  age  of  forty-two  years,  heading  this  sketch.  A 
very  complete  biographical  sketch  of  him  is  to  be  found  in  "  The  Biographi- 
cal Encyclopaedia  of  Pennsylvania ;"  which  contains  a  steel  engraving  from  a 
photograph,  at  the  age  of  fifty-three  years.  His  biography  also  appears  in 
that  very  complete  volume,  Martin's  "  History  of  Chester,"  above  mentioned. 

Much  of  the  material  composing  this  sketch  has  been  taken  from  the 
works  hereinbefore  mentioned.  Court  opinions,  and  the  records  of  Congress. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  199 

"  It  may  be  safely  said  that  his  inventions  of  explosive  shell  fuses  of  the 
Army  and  Navy  of  the  United  States,  have  proved  a  great  power  to  open  the 
portals  of  the  barbarian  world  to  the  advance  of  civilization,  China,  Japan,  and 
slavery  having  yielded  to  the  influence  of  their  fearful  power.  Forts,  ships,  and 
armies  have  failed,  been  destroyed,  or  surrendered  before  them,  and,  by  the 
direction  of  Providence,  the  Union,  freedom,  peace,  commerce,  and  national 
arbitration  made  to  prevail." 

It  is  a  fact  worthy  of  record,  that  Mr.  Hubbell  should  own  the  land  on 
which  the  last  line  of  battle  in  the  Great  Rebellion  was  drawn  up,  and  that 
upon  this  soil,  worn  out  by  the  system  of  slave  labor,  he  should,  as  he  has,  by 
a  chemical  combination  of  his  own  invention,  so  enrich  the  fields  that  they 
produce  crops  of  grain,  grass,  and  tobacco,  far  surpassing  anything  yet  pro- 
duced in  the  South.  This  would  seem  to  augur  that  the  man  whose  inven- 
tions were  of  such  great  service  in  war,  was  to  become  famous  in  peace  as  the 
rejuvenator  of  the  depleted  Southern  States,  for  this  new  invention  has  already 
proven  pre-eminently  successful  in  the  cotton  fields  of  Georgia. 


HENRY  LYNES  HUBBELL,  son  of  Wakeman  Hubbell  and  Julia  A. 
Lynes,his  wife,  was  born  June  24th,  183 1,  in  Wilton,  Fairfield  County,  Connec- 
ticut. He  studied  for  college,  partly  in  Green  Farms,  Westport,  Connecticut, 
but  chiefly  at  the  Academy,  in  his  native  town.  Graduated  at  Yale  College 
in  1854.  Taught  in  the  old  Academy,  on  Greenfield  Hill,  Connecticut,  for 
six  months,  and  then  for  one  year  and  a  half  had  charge  of  a  boys'  school  on 
Owasco  Lake,  near  Auburn,  New  York,  of.  which  Rev.  Samuel  R.  Brown, 
D.  D.,  was  proprietor.  He  studied  theology  at  Union  Theological  Seminary, 
New  York,  and  Andover  Theological  Seminary,  Massachusetts,  graduating  at 
the  latter  institution  in  1859. 

Soon  after  graduating  he  was  invited  to  the  pastorate  of  the  First  Congre- 
gational Church,  St.  Johnsburgh,  Vermont,  but  declined,  preferring  to  study 
another  year  in  Andover.  Since  his  ministry  began,  in  1 861,  he  has  had  two 
pastorates,  one  over  the  First  Congregational  Church,  Amherst,  Massachusetts, 
and  the  other  over  the  First  Congregational  Church,  Ann  Arbor,  Michigan. 
In  January,  1880,  he  accepted  a  call  to  the  First  Congregational  Church, 
Jamestown,  New  York,  where  he  now  (1881)  resides. 

Between  1866  and  1868  he  traveled  nine  months  in  Egypt,  Palestine  and 
Europe,  and  preached  the  remaining  time  in  Unionville,  one  of  the  parishes  of 
Farmington,  Connecticut.  On  May  7th,  1863,  he  was  married  to  Harriet  A. 
Hinsdale,  of  Amherst,  Massachusetts. 


/:/^X^ '^^^^'^ 


WILSON  HUBBELL.of  the  Sixty-second  Regiment  (Anderson  Zouaves). 
New  York  Volunteers,  son  of  Charles  Benjamin  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth 
Thompson,  was  born  April  21st.  1S21,  in  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Con- 
necticut. 

His  grandfather.  Captain  Amos  Hubbell,  and  his  great-uncles  were  con- 
spicuous for  their  military  services  during  the  Revolutionary  war;  and  his 
great-grandfather,  on  his  mother's  side.  Lieutenant  William  Thompson,  com- 
manded a  company  of  militia  of  the  town  of  Stratford,  and  lost  his  life  at  the 
battle  of  Ridgefield,  Connecticut,  in  April,  1777. 

Wilson  Hubbell  received  an  Academic  education,  and  at  the  age  of  six- 
teen, he  went  to  Columbia,  South  Carolina,  where  he  learned  and  followed  a 


HISTORY  OF  THE   HUBBELL  FAMILY,  201 

mercantile  business.  In  1849,  he  removed  to  the  City  of  New  York,  where  he 
was  a  merchant  for  the  twelve  years  preceding  the  breaking  out  of  the  Rebel- 
lion, and  married  Emily  M.,  daughter  of  Meigs  D.  Benjamin,  of  New  York 
City. 

In  April,  1861,  he  entered  the  service  of  his  country,and  enlisted  the  men 
forming  Company  B,  of  the  Sixty-second  Regiment,  New  York  Volunteers, 
and  was  mustered  into  the  service  on  June  30th,  1861,  for  three  years,  commis- 
sioned Captain,  was  promoted  and  comnli3sioned  Major,  May  3 1  st,  1 862.  He  was 
engaged  in  all  the  battles  of  the  Army  of  the  Potomac,  from  the  one  at  Yorktown, 
April  1 7th,  1 862,  until  June  3d,  i  S64,when  he  lost  his  life  at  the  battle  of  Cold  Har- 
bor (with  the  exception  of  the  battles  of  South  Mountain  and  Antietam,  when  he 
was  sick  in  hospital  from  exposure  and  fatigue  endured  in  the  Chickahominy 
Swamp),  being  wounded  by  a  shell  from  the  enemy's  batteries,  from  the  effects 
of  which  he  died  in  two  hours.  His  remains  were  embalmed  at  the  White 
House,  Virginia,  and  sent  to  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  where  they  were  in- 
terred in  the  Mountain  Grove  Cemetery,  on  June  15th.  The  funeral  services 
were  held  in  Christ  Church,  attended  by  a  large  assembly,  sixteen  officers  from 
the  Ninth  Connecticut  Volunteers  (who  were  home  on  a  furlough),  came  from 
New  Haven  and  acted  as  pall- bearers.  While  the  funeral  procession  was 
moving,  the  bells  of  the  several  churches  were  tolled,  minute  guns  were  fired, 
and  numerous  flags  displayed  at  half-mast  The  surgeon  of  the  regiment,  in  a 
letter  announcing  his  death,  wrote  : 

"  He  was  a  brave  true  man,  and  was  in  the  extreme  front,  doing  his  duty  well  and  gallantly 
when  he  was  struck/' 

Many  letters  attesting  his  bravery  are  on  file  in  the  Adjutant-GeneraFs 
office,  Albany,  New  York. 

Yet  he  never  was  promoted,  nor  was  full  justice  awarded  him.  A  man 
from  another  regiment  received  the  appointment,  through  the  influence  of  his 
father,  a  noted  physician  of  New  York,  which  caused  great  indignation  in  the 
regiment.  The  members  of  his  old  company  (B),  however,  testified  their  ap- 
preciation of  him  by  presenting  to  him  a  beautiful  Sixth  Corps  badge,  accom- 
panied with  the  following  letter : 

"  To  Major  Wilson  HvbbeU. 

81R : — The  members  of  Company  B,  so  long  and  happily  connected  with  you,  both  in  your 
capacities  of  Captain  and  Major,  desire  to  present  you  with  this  slight  token  of  their  regard  with 
their  best  wishes  for  your  prosperity  and  happiness. 

Your  bravery  on  the  field  of  battle,  your  coolness  in  the  hour  of  danger  are  well-known  to 
OS ;  and  it  is  for  these  qualities,  for  your  care  and  solicitude  for  the  comfort  of  your  men  in  camp 
and  in  the  field  ;  and  your  exemplary  conduct  as  a  soldier  and  a  gentleman  that  they  respect  and 
honor  you. 

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202  HISTORY  OF  THE  HLBBELL  FAMILY 


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'  F^lktiii^  Si xslk  Co«pL'  will  be  m  perpetnal  bond  of  Incnkhip  berveen  them  and  their  Major. 
aoMi  in  funiedAjf  be  a  pleaoant  Rsunder  of  the  campai^iif  of  1^1.  ^  and  63. 


Then  Mloved  the  signatures  of  the  men. 

On  the  Erst  day  of  the  battle  at  Fair  Oaks,  (May  31st,  1862,)  Major  Hnb- 
beii  was  field-ofBcer  of  the  day,  and  had  five  companies  under  his  charge  on 
picket  dut>%  he  was  moimted  on  a  mule,  and  rode  rapidly  during  the  ^ht, 
with  the  shells  flying  thick  around  him,  but  fortunately  was  not  hurt.  At  one 
time  he  n-as  much  in  danger  of  being  cut  off  fit>m  our  army,  but  succeeded 
in  bringing  his  men  safely  into  camp,  where  all  were  inquiring  if  he  was  not 
badly  wounded,  as  that  rumor  had  preceded  him.  He  had  with  him  a  rebel 
oflicer,  who  rode  into  our  lines  by  mistake,  and  who  was  much  surprised  and 
chagrined,  when  Major  Hubbell  informed  him  he  was  a  prisoner;  the  rebel 
said  he  ^*  supposed  it  was  his  own  picket,"  (the  picket  lines  of  the  contending 
armies  being  very  close  to  each  other  on  that  day,)  and  asked  if  he  might 
retain  his  watch,  which  was  the  gift  of  his  mother,  and  said  he  felt  sorry  to 
part  with  his  beautiful  mare  "  Jenny,"  which  he  rode ;  the  Major  replied  to 
him,  that  "  we  did  not  take  our  prisoners'  watches,  but  the  mare  was  contra- 
band of  war ;"  he  afterwards  purchased  her  of  the  government  for  his  own 
use. 

Major  Hubbell  was  a  fine-looking  man,  tall,  erect,  and  well-proportioned; 
he  had  dark  hair,  and  dark  blue  eyes,  large  and  full.  His  manners  were 
dignified  yet  aflable.  His  disposition  was  amiable  and  remarkably  cheerful, 
he  was  never  depressed  in  spirits,  but  always  looked  upon  the  bright  side  of 
life ;  he  was  warm-hearted,  generous,  and  lived  and  died  as  a  true  soldier 
should  die,  in  the  front  and  thickest  of  the  fight,  doing  his  duty. 

All  the  leading  papers  of  New  York  City  contained  obituary  notices  of 
his  death,  also  the  Bridgeport  papers.  The  New  York  Times  had  the 
following: 

"  Major  Wilson  Habbell,  of  the  62d  regiment,  New  York  Volonteers,  Anderson  Zooares, 
who  was  killed  hj  being  struck  with  a  shell,  in  the  asstaalt  on  the  rebel  lines  at  Cold  Harbor,  was 
a  native  of  Bridgeport,  Connecticut.  At  the  commencement  of  the  war,  be  entered  the  62d  New 
York  York  Volunteers,  and  was  made  its  Senior  Captain,  and  acted  as  such  until  May  31st,  1862, 
when  he  was  made  Major.  He  was  with  the  Army  of  the  Potomac  in  all  the  battles  in  which  it 
has  been  engaged,  except  those  of  South  Mountain  and  Antietam,  and  was  onlj  prevented  bj  sick- 
neMs  from  participating  in  them. 

He  was  a  brave  and  accomplished  officer,  possessed  the  love,  respect  and  confidence  of  his 
men  to  an  unusual  degree.  The  members  of  his  old  company  (B)  presented  him  with  a  very  beau- 
tiful Sixth  Corps  badge,  accompanied  by  a  letter  expressing  the  great  respect  and  esteem  in  which 
he  WAM  held  by  them.  He  met  a  soldier's  death  while  in  the  extreme  front,  gallantly  leading  on 
his  men.  He  was  shot  down,  and  every  possible  effort  was  made  to  save  him  by  the  regimental 
surge<in,  the  wound  was  too  severe,  and  he  died  in  a  few  hours  after  receiving  it." 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  203 

FRANKLIN  B.  HUBBELL.  of  Troy,  Rensselaer  County,  New  York,  son 
of  Elisha  Hubbell  and  Nancy  Kellogg,  both  of  Massachusetts,  and  brother  of 
John  Hubbell,  Esq.,  of  Buffalo.' New  York,  was  born  in  Canandaigua,  New 
York,  and  died  in  Troy,  New  York,  September  24th,  1869. 

He  was  an  editor,  was  connected  with  the  Syracuse /ourna/^  Syracuse  Star, 
and  Troy  Daify  Whig;  was  well  known  among  newspaper  men  as  a  genial  and 
amiable  companion,  always  cheerful  in  temper  and  pleasant  in  manner,  ever 
ready  to  work  and  to  lighten  the  labor  of  others. 

As  an  editor  and  journalist  he  ranked  among  the  first. 


EDWARD  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut, 
son  of  Josiah  Hubbell  and  Charlotte  Baldwin,  was  bom  August  4th,  1822, 
in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  and  lived  there  all  his  life.  He  was  one  of  the 
best-known  men  in  the  city  of  his  nativity,  and  had  great  influence  with  all 
classes  of  the  inhabitants.  Was  a  member  for  twenty-five  years  of  the  Sec- 
ond Congregational  Church,  situated  on  Gilbert  Street  near  Broad,  of  which 
his  father,  Josiah  Hubbell,  a  well-known  merchant,  was  a  founder. 

The  following  well-known  facts  will  clearly  demonstrate  how  great  his 
influence  was  among  the  church-going  inhabitants  of  Bridgeport : 

In  1874,  the  Rev.  Mr.  Easton,  pastor  of  the  Second  Congregational 
Church  of  Danbury,  Connecticut,  came  to  Mr.  Hubbell  and  informed  him  that 
unless  the  sum  of  two  thousand  dollars  was  raised  within  a  few  weeks  to  com- 
plete the  sum  of  four  thousand  already  donated,  there  would  be  no  hope  of  the 
Church  being  freed  from  debt,  and  in  all  probability  the  ecclesiastical  body 
would  have  to  be  dissolved.  Mr.  Hubbell  promised  to  do  all  in  his  power  to 
aid  the  neighboring  congregation.  He  canvassed  for  subscribers  among  the 
church  members  of  Bridgeport,  and  in  the  short  space  of  thirteen  days  placed 
the  list  of  subscribers  to  the  necessary  two  thousand  dollars  in  the  hands  of  the 
grateful  pastor,  who  made  the  collections  himself,  thereby  placing  the  Church 
once  more  on  a  substantial  foundation.  Great  joy  was  manifested  by  the  entire 
congregation.  A  grand  jubilee  was  held,  to  which  Mr.  Hubbell  was  invited, 
where,  amidst  the  forty  ministers  .seated  upon  the  altar,  he  was  the  lion  of  the 
hour.  The  ladies  showered  him  with  bouquets,  the  deacons  and  clergy  over- 
whelmed him  with  benedictions,  and  at  the  end  of  the  jubilee  the  reverend 
pastor,  Mr.  Easton,  presented  him  with  a  handsome  gold-headed  cane,  elegantly 
inscribed,  on  behalf  of  the  Church. 

Among  the  many  curiosities  in  the  possession  of  Mr.  Hubbell  at  the  time 
of  his  death,  on  April  Sth,  1881,  were  an  eight-day  chiming  clock,  made  in 
England  one  hundred  and  thirty  years  ago,  also  the  first  brass  grate  and  fender 
ever  used  \n  Bridgeport,  Connecticut. 


204  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

''  Rey.  Dr.  Thompson's  remarks  at  the  funeral  of  the  late  Mr.  Edward  Hnbbell  resterdaj 
afternoon  were  not  only  highly  ealogistic  hot  well  deserved.  He  said  that  fidelity  was  the  leading 
feature  of  Mr.  Hnbbell's  character,  that  never  during  their  long  and  exceedingly  intimate  friend- 
ship had  he  heard  Mr.  Hubbell  say  a  word  which  was  unworthy  to  be  uttered,  or  known  of  his 
doing  a  deed  which  had  better  have  been  left  undone.  Referring  to  the  kindness  of  Mr.  Hubbdl's 
nature  the  Doctor  spoke  of  many  a  good  deed  done  by  his  friend  by  day  and  by  night  unknown  to 
others,  spoke  of  his  fidelity  to  his  parents,  to  his  relatives  and  friends,  and  of  his  frequent  manifes- 
tation of  every  good  quality  of  manhood.  He  mourned  him  as  a  brother  best  beloved,  one  on 
whom  he  could  always  rely  as  a  ready  friend  and  helper  on  every  occasion.  We  felt  that  even  the 
warm  friendship  of  the  Doctor  had  not  carried  him  one  whit  beyond  what  was  true  and  just  in  his 
eulogistic  remarks  concerning  Mr.  Hubbell,  whom  we  have  intimately  known  for  many  years,  and 
whose  trueness  of  character  we  have  often  admired.  He  has  many  times  voluntarily  rendered  to 
us  friendly  services  which  we  shall  ever  remember  with  grateful  emotions.*'* 


STEPHEN  JOHNSON  HUBBELL,  of  Lupton,  Weld  County.  Colorado, 
son  of  Richard  Hunt  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Ann  Watson  Cowgill,  was  born 
March  8th,  1 834,  in  Springfield,  Ohio. 

In  1848,  he  lived  in  Wheeling,  Ohio  County,  West  Virginia,  where  he 
assisted  his  father  and  uncle  in  the  sale  of  wagon  springs,  axles,  etc.,  until  1850, 
when  he  commenced  the  study  of  medicine  with  Doctors  Blum,  Osbum  and 
Wheeler,  of  the  aforesaid  city,  and  continued  his  studies  with  them  until  1854. 

He  attended  the  Starling  Medical  College  in  Columbus,  Ohio,  in  1854, 
and  the  Jefferson  Medical  College,  of  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  in  1855,  from 
which  he  graduated  in  1856. 

He  commenced  the  practice  of  his  profession  in  North  Wheeling,  Vir- 
ginia, in  April,  1856,  resided  in  West  Liberty,  in  1858,  and  from  there  went 
towards  Pike's  Peak,  and  then  returned  to  Calloway  County,  Missouri,  where 
he  practiced  his  profession  for  two  or  three  months,  after  which  he  moved  to 
Springfield,  where  he  bought  a  drug  store  in  1859. 

In  1861,  he  left  Springfield  for  Richmond,  Virginia,  where  he  joined  the 
Confederate  army  as  a  volunteer. 

He  received  a  "  penetrating  gun-shot  wound  "  in  the  left  lung,  on  June  9th, 
1863,  at  the  battle  of  Brandy  Station.  Afterwards  passed  examining  board  of 
surgeons  in  Richmond,  Virginia,  took  the  rank  of  Captain  (assistant  Surgeon), 
and  was  assigned  a  hospital,  where  he  surrendered  in  April,  1S65. 

Being  in  impecunious  circumstances,  after  his  surrender  to  the  Union 
forces,  he  accepted  a  situation  on  the  Memphis  and  Tennessee  Air  Line  Rail- 
road, in  Norfolk,  Virginia. 

Doctor  Hubbell  had  a  drug  store,  and  practised  his  profession  in  Fort 
Lupton,  Weld  County,  Colorado,  in  1880. 


*  From  "  Bridgeport  SUmdard'  of  April  9tb,  1881. 


GEORGE  ALBERT  HUBBELL,  of  New  Haven.  New  Haven  County, 
Connecticut,  son  of  Joseph  M.  Hubbell  and  Harriet  Hill,  was  bom  in  New- 
town, Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  June  1st,  1824. 

At  nine  years  of  age  he  left  a  fatherless  home  to  earn  his  living  on  a  farm. 
At  the  age  of  twelve  he  was  apprenticed  to  the  woollen  business,  in  Newtown, 
Connecticut,  until  of  age.  At  sixteen  he  united  with  the  Methodist  Episcopal 
Church  and  began  to  supplement  a  meagre  common  school  education  by  pri- 
vate studies  in  the  English  branches,  history,  philosophy,  and  theology.  Was 
licenced  to  conduct  religious  services  at  the  age  of  eighteen,  and  preached  in 
his  native  and  adjoining  towns  during  the  last  three  years  of  his  apprentice- 
ship. At  twenty-one  was  admitted  to  the  New  York  Conference  ;  passed  the 
usual  studies  and  examinations,  and  was  ordained  Elder  at  the  age  of  twenty- 
five.  Afterwards  commenced  a  collegiate  course  at  Woodbury  Academy,  and 
pursued  classic  studies  under  private  teachers. 


2o6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

He  performed  regular  pastoral  work  for  hvent>'-one  years  in  Meriden, 
Waterbury,  Middletown,  Birmingham,  Bridgeport,  and  New  Haven,  Connec- 
ticut, and  for  thirteen  years  in  the  cities  of  New  York  and  Brooklyn. 

In  1876,  was  Presiding  Elder  of  Bridgeport  District,  and  in  1880,  Pre- 
siding Elder  of  New  Haven  District,  the  two  districts  comprising  the  greater 
part  of  the  State  west  of  the  Connecticut  River,  including  one  hundred  and 
forty-two  churches. 


JAMES  WAKEMAN  HUBBELL  was  bom  in  Wilton,  Fairfield  Count}-. 
Connecticut,  March  29th,  1835,  is  the  second  of  four  sons  of  Wakeman  Hub- 
bell  and  Julia  A.  Lynes,  his  wife. 

Having  a  taste  for  study,  at  the  age  of  eleven  he  commenced  Latin,  with 
the  idea  of  preparing  for  college. 

At  the  age  of  sixteen,  he  went  to  Northampton,  Massachusetts,  where  he 
spent  two  years  in  preparation  for  Yale  College,  which  he  entered  in  the  sum- 
mer of  1853. 

At  the  age  of  eighteen,  during  his  four  years  of  college  life,  he  maintained 
a  high  position  as  a  scholar,  graduating  as  one  of  the  oration  men  of  his  class. 

After  graduating  he  taught  school  for  two  years,  as  a  stepping-stone  to  a 
professional  education.  He  entered  the  Union  Theological  Seminary  in  the 
autumn  of  1859,  and  after  a  year's  study  there,  went  to  the  Seminary  in  Ando- 
ver,  Massachusetts,  where  he  graduated  in  July,  1863.  During  his  studies  in 
the  Seminary,  he  passed  through  a  severe  sickness,  which  came  near  ending 
his  life,  but  from  which,  after  nine  months*  residence  in  Minnesota,  he  recov- 
ered. The  experience  of  those  long  and  dark  days,  was  a  part  of  his  disci- 
pline and  training  for  his  life-work. 

He  was  ordained  to  the  ministry  as  pastor  of  the  First  Congregational 
Church,  in  Milford,  Connecticut,  September  21st,  1864,  one  of  the  oldest  and 
largest  churches  in  the  State,  being  organized  in  1639,  *^"^  having  a  member- 
ship of  576. 

After  a  pastorate  of  five  years,  he  accepted  a  call  to  the  College  Street 
Church,  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  and  there,  for  nearly  eight  years,  he  had  a 
successful  ministr)',  and  was  dismissed  at  his  own  request,  and  with  the  unani- 
mous wish  of  his  people  to  remain  with  them.  He  is  at  present  (1881)  pastor 
of  the  First  Congregational  Church,  in  Danbury,  Connecticut,  where  he  was 
installed  May  20lh,  1879. 

His  wife,  Mary  Wing  Gregory,  is  also  a  native  of  Wilton.  They  have 
three  daughters,  Julia  L.,  Harriet  G.,  and  Grace  W.,  all  of  whom  were  living 
in  1880. 


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WILLIAM  LAFAYETTE  HUBBELL,  of  New  York  City,  New  York, 
was  born  July  6th,  1825.  in  Amenia,  Dutchess  County,  New  York,  son  of 
Asa  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Benedict. 

Inheriting  to  a  considerable  extent  his  father's  inventive  genius  in  labor- 
saving  mechanism,  he  has  perfected  and  taken  out  a  number  of  patents  of 
various  kinds;  some  of  them  marvels  of  mechanical  skill  and  ingenuity. 

He  has  always  taken  an  active  and  influential  position  in  the  representative 
councils  of  not  only  the  Republican  party,  but  of  other  patriotic  and  semi-po- 
litical organizations,  both  State  and  National,  and  has  held  several  offices  of 
honor  and  trust,  among  them,  Grand  Sachem  of  the  Order  of  the  United 
Americans  of  the  State  of  Connecticut,  for  the  years  1855,  6-7. 

Arch  Chancellor  of  the  same  Order  for  1856. 


2o8  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Member  of  the  Common  Council  of  the  City  of  Waterbuiy,  Connecticut, 
in  1856. 

Inspector  of  Customs,  port  of  New  York,  1 861  to  1864. 

Assistant  Assessor  of  Internal  Revenue  for  the  Second  and  Third  Collec- 
tion Districts  of  New  York,  from  1864  to  1872. 

Secretary  of  the  King's  County  Republican  General  Committee  for  1862 
and  1863. 

Local  political  editor  of  the  New  York  Tribune  for  the  City  of  Brooklyn, 
1864. 

Republican  candidate  for  the  State  Legislature  for  the  First  Assembly 
District,  King's  County  (Brooklyn),  New  York,  in  187 1. 

Renominated  in  1872. 

He  also  represented  the  Seventh,  Twelfth  and  Twenty-first  Wards  respec- 
tively, of  the  City  of  Brooklyn,  in  the  King's  County  Republican  General 
Committee,  for  several  years. 

In  1874  he  formed  and  has  since  that  time  conducted  "  The  American 
Mechanical  Toy  Company,"  in  the  manufacture  of  various  kinds  of  mechanical 
toys  of  almost  every  imaginable  variety  and  description. 

In  1850  he  was  united  in  marriage  in  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  by  the 
Rev.  S.  Dryden  Phelps,  D.  D.,  of  that  place,  to  Lucy  A.  F.  Neale,  daughter  of 
Joel  and  Harriett  Neale,  of  Southington,  Connecticut,  and  neice  of  the  Rev. 
Rollin  H.  Neale,  D.  D.,  the  venerable  pastor  of  the  First  Baptist  Church  of 
Boston,  Massachusetts,  where  he  has  been  for  over  thirt>'  years.  Five  children 
were  born  of  the  union,  of  whom  but  two  are  now  living,  William  Lafayette, 
Jr.,  and  Alice  Neale.  Freddie  died  in  infancy.  Fannie,  a  beautiful  and  pre- 
cocious child,  fell  from  a  window  in  her  seventh  year  and  was  instantly  killed. 
Hattie,  while  a  student  at  the  Packer  Institute,  Brooklyn,  and  soon  to  gradu- 
ate, was  taken  sick  with  that  incurable  disease,  diabetes,  and  died  in  her 
nineteenth  year,  beloved  and  mourned  by  all  who  had  ever  known  her.  Kind 
and  amiable  in  disposition,  her  sweet  and  affable  manners  endeared  her  to  all 
with  whom  she  came  in  contact. 

"  Oh  she  was  good  as  she  was  fair, 
None,  none  on  earth  above  her ; 
As  pure  in  thought  as  angels  are. 
To  know  her,  was  to  lo?e  her." 

Alice  Neale  graduated  at  the  Packer  Institute,  Brooklyn,  New  York,  in 
the  class  of  1 871,  and  was  married  in  1878  to  Professor  D.  Greenberger,  Prin- 
cipal of  the  "  Institution  for  the  Improved  Instruction  of  the  Deaf  and  Dumb," 
of  the  City  of  New  York. 


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209 


In  poetry  (for  he  is  something  of  a  poet),  Mr.  Hubbell's  versification  is 
smooth,  hmpid,  genial,  and  fascinating. 

For  years  he  was  a  contributor  to  several  popular  magazines,  as  well  as 
many  daily  and  weekly  papers.  1  take  the  liberty  to  give  one  of  his  poems, 
"  One  Week  Ago,"  written  at  sea,  in  1858 ;  also  one,  **  At  Fifty-three,'*  written 
in  1878,  to  one  of  his  most  intimate  and  genial  boyhood  friends,  Horatio 
Nelson  Powers,  D.  D.,  whom  he  had  not  seen  at  the  time  the  poem  was 
written,  in  nearly  thirty  years,  having  selected  them  from  a  number  placed  at 
my  disposal  by  Mr.  Hubbell,  after  a  great  deal  of  persuasion  (for  to  his  other 
remarkable  traits  of  character,  I  must  add  the  becoming  one  of  great  modesty). 


"  ONE  WEEK  AGO. 

On  Board  Stkamsuip  Mosrs  Taylor,  \ 
Gulf  of  Mexico,  January  10, 1858.     j 

'Tis  night !  the  Day  God's  golden  car 
Adown  the  western  skies  hath  rolPd, 

And  'neath  the  emerald  waves  afar 
Hath  sunk  in  robes  of  molten  gold. 

Pale  Luna,  with  her  borrowed  light, 

Keeps  "watch  and  ward"  for  dark-ey*d  night; 

While  twinkling  stars  come  out  and  keep 

Their  nightly  vigils  o'er  the  deep. 

'Tis  night !  upon  the  deck  I  stand, 

Or  lean  upon  the  good  ship's  prow, 
The  radiant  deep  blue  skies  o'erhead 

And  darker  deep  blue  waves  below ; 
The  crested  waves  in  many  a  freak, 
Fling  high  their  spray  and  lave  my  cheek, 
While  balmy  trade-winds  kiss  my  brow. 
As  sweet  as  girlhood  seals  love's  vow. 

Above  me  glows  the  Southern  Cross, 
In  lucent  glint  and  lustrous  sheen ; 
So  beautiful,  so  pure  and  grand. 

It  seems  of  stars  the  royal  queen ; 
And  yet  the  faithful  Northern  Star, 
More  regal  seems  to  me  by  far, 
More  true,  more  grand,  more  loyal  yet. 
For  since  *  God  spake,'  it  never  yet  has  set. 

Oh,  dark-ey'd  night  I  how  passing  well 
I've  loved  thy  diamond-flashing  eyes 
Amid  New  England's  hearths  and  homes 

And  hearts  I  love  and  dearly  prize  ; 
But,  O  how  doubly  dear  art  thou 
To  heart  and  brain  and  throbbing  brow. 
When  'neath  the  tropic's  burning  zone 
The  sun  blights  all  he  smiles  upon. 


'Tis  night  I  a  holy  Sabbath  eve, 

The  evening  of  God's  chosen  day, 
And  memory,  o'er  its  golden  track. 

Now  leads  me  back  one  week  to-day. 
One  week  ago  my  home  was  glad, 
And  tiny  hearts  with  joy  leaped  high  ; 
One  week  has  passed,  and  lone  and  sad 
My  heart  gives  out  the  bitter  sigh. 

One  week  ago,  the  merry  laugh 

Came  ringing  from  my  cottage  home. 

And  fairy  forms  and  tiny  feet 

Came  tripping  forth  to  meet  my  own. 

One  week  has  passed,  I  hear  them  yet, 

The  merry  laugh,  the  tiny  feet, 

For  Fancy,  with  its  golden  wing, 

Flings  o'er  the  Past  its  bright  imagining. 

One  week  ago,  one  week  ago, 

How  much  of  life  hath  passed  since  then. 
Yet  on,  o'er  ocean-waves  I  go, 

As  o'er  their  snow-white  crests  I've  been. 
And  may  the  birdlings  of  my  home. 
My  heart's-nest,  in  the  Northern  land, 
Be  watched  by  Him  who  rules  the  storm, 
And  holds  us  in  His  mighty  hand. 

William  Lafayette  Hubbell." 


"AT  FIFTY-THREE. 

The  halcyon  hours  of  guileless  youth. 

Like  meteors,  flash  athwart  my  brain; 
The  golden  chords  of  memory  thrill, 
And  make  me  now  a  boy  again. 
A  boy  again !  and  why  ?     Ah,  me ! 
My  years  now  number  Fifty-three. 


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HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


And  yet  in  memory's  mystic  realms. 

In  day-dreams  of  the  long  ago, 
Entranced  I  sit — asleep — awake — 
My  soul  illumined — my  heart  aglow ; 
Nor  reck  I  of  those  years,  whose  key 
Unlocks  the  number  Fifty-three. 

Yet  why  should  recollection  now 

Entrance  me  with  its  golden  rays, 
And  throw  o'er  heart,  and  soul,  and  brain, 
The  glint  and  sheen  of  boyhood  days  ? 
Of  boyhood  days  ?    Ah  yes,  I  see, 
A  boy  again  at  Fifty-three ! 

What  weird,  mysterious,  magic  charm 
Hath  wrought  this  wondrous  spell  ? 
The  Present  sinks  into  the  Past — 
The  Man  into  the  Boy  as  well ; 
And  man  and  boy  in  reverie. 
Dream  on  and  on,  at  Fifty-three. 

Is  it  because  I  look  upon 

The  picture  of  a  goodly  face ; 
And  scan  the  eye,  the  lip,  the  brow, 
And  every  lineament,  to  trace 
Some  half  forgotten  look  to  me — 
The  man  and  boy  at  Fifty-three  ? 

This  picture  that  I'm  holding  now. 
Whose  face  I  gaze  upon  with  joy. 
To  other  eyes,  is  of  a  Man — 
To  mine,  to  me — is  of  a  Boy, 
A  boy — but  why  this  mystery  ? 
And  why  a  boy  at  Fifty-three  ? 


I  look — the  picture  fades  away — 
An  airy  vision  clouds  my  brain ; 

There  broods  o'er  me  a  phantasy^ 
I  dream  I  am  a  boy  again. 

In  dreams,  the  scroll  of  other  years 

Unrolls  l)efore  mine  eves ; 
Two  boys,  fair-haired,  I  see  at  play. 

Beneath  the  summer  skies. 

The  one,  brown-eyed,  with  face,  where  Truth 

Shines  lustrous  as  a  star ; 
The  other,  pale,  with  eyes  of  blue, 

Lit  up  fnun  shrines  afar. 


The  woods,  in  queen-like  garb,  I  see, 

The  meadows,  rich  in  bloom ; 
The  orchards  laden  with  their  fruit, 

And  fragrant  with  perfume. 

The  rills  that  laughing  leap  along 
Through  fields  of  grass  and  grain ; 

The  lowing  cows — the  bleating  sheep — 
I  see  them  all  again. 

And  see  those  self-same  boys  at  play, 
Half  buried  in  the  new-mown  hay. 

The  Robin's  sweet,  far-echoing  song, 

The  Linnet  from  the  hill, 
The  Bobolink's  loud,  ringing  notes, 

The  plaintive  Whippoorwill, 

The  Blackbird's  carol  from  the  marsh, 

The  Red-wing's  matinee, 
The  Golden-throated  Oriole, 

The  Quail's  prophetic  lay. 

The  Dove's  melodious,  loving  coo. 

The  Blue-Jay's  silvery  strain. 
The  Skylark's  sweeping,  soaring  song — 

I  hear  them  all  again. 

I  see  those  self-same  boys  again 

Drink  in  each  song — each  sweet  refrain. 

In  dreams  I  see  our  boyhood  homes, 

More  dear  than  all  beside, 
Blessed  with  our  Parent's  prayers ;  and  led 

By  Faith,  the  starry-eyed. 

Our  fathers — sturdy  men,  I  see ; 

Our  mothers — saints  of  earth ; 
Our  brothers — sinewy  as  steel ; 

Our  sisters — radiant  in  worth. 

The  road,  that  winds  past  many  a  Iiill ; 

The  fences,  mossed  with  time ; 
The  lanes,  where  we  so  oft  have  played ; 

The  trees,  we  dared  to  climb ; 

The  school-house,  quaint  from  base  to  peak ; 

The  brook,  with  babbling  glee ; 
The  pond,  the  boat,  the  dripping  oar — 

1  see,  or  seem  to  see. 

Again,  those  self-same  boys  I  see. 
Rapt  in  brighi  dreams  of  poesie. 


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211 


The  sun  has  set ;  the  night  winds  sigh ; 

The  Raven  flaps  his  wing ; 
Grief  lays  her  palsied  hand  on  mine. 

Damp,  cold  and  withering. 

I  start.    Our  fathers  I  where  are  they  ? 

And  where,  oar  mothers !  where  ? 
O  God  I  within  Thy  golden  gates, 

We  leave  them  in  Thy  care. 


My  dream  is  o*er ;  mine  eyes  are  dim ; 

This  picture  that  I've  held  so  long 
Is  stained,  with  tears  that  fell  unhid, 
And  blend  unbidden  with  my  song — 
A  song,  dear  friend,  of  you  and  me. 
Of  man  and  boy  at  Fifty-three. 

William  Lafayicttb  Hubbell. 
Nxw  ToBK,  Christmas  Wbbk«  1878." 


JAMES  R.  HUBBELL,  of  Delaware,  Delaware  County,  Ohio,  son  of 
Shadrach  Hubbell  and  Rebecca  Randolph,  was  born  in  Delaware  County, 
Ohio,  in  1825. 

Mr.  Hubbell  is  a  lawyer  by  profession,  arid  has  resided  in  Delaware 
since  he  was  eighteen  years  of  age. 

He  was  a  member  of  the  Thirty- ninth  Congress  of  the  United  States, 
from  Ohio,  in  1864;  was  five  times  elected  to  the  Ohio  Legislature,  and  was 
Speaker  of  the  House  for  four  years. 

After  serving  his  term  as  a  member  of  Congress  in  Washington,  D.  C, 
he  became  a  member  of  the  Ohio  Senate. 


JAY  ABEL  HUBBELL,  of  Michigan,  sort  of  Samuel  S.,  and  grandson 
of  Abel  Jay  Hubbell,  was  born  in  Avon,  Michigan,  September  15th,  1829. 

The  following  sketch  of  his  career  is  from  The  National  Frei  Press,  of 
October  23d,  1880,  published  in  Washington,  D.  C. 

"Jay  Abel  Hubbell,  Representative  in  Conjifress  from  the  Ninth  District  of  Michigan,  and 
Chairman  of  the  Republican  Congressional  Committee,  was  born  in  Michigan,  his  father,  Samuel 
8.  Hubbell,  a  native  of  New  York  State,  having  removed  thither  in  1820,  and  devoted  his  energies 
to  farming  from  the  ^ttlement  of  that  part  of  the  State  until  his  death  in  1870.  The  first  eighteen 
years  of  his  life  were  spent  by  young  Hubbell  upon  his  father's  farm,  ill  the  labors  incidental  to  his 
sphere  of  action.  He  was  a  robust  youth,  and  is  a  robust  man.  After  two  years  of  studious  prepa* 
ration  at  Romeo  and  Rochester,  he  eiltered  the  University  of  Michigan,  in  the  sophomore  class,  and 
graduated  in  1853.  The  two  following  years  were  devoted  to  the  study  of  the  law,  and  in  1855 
he  was  admitted  to  the  bar  by  the  Supreme  Court  of  the  State.  In  November,  1855,  Mr.  Hubbell 
removed  to  Ontonagon,  in  the  Upper  Peninsula,  where  he  formed  a  law  partnership  with 
Hon.  A.  H.  Hanscom,  and  commenced,  what  afterward  proved,  a  lucrative  law  practice.  In  1857 
he  was  elected  district  attorney  of  the  Upper  Peninsula,  and  was  re-elected  in  1859.  He  removed 
to  Houghton,  Michigan,  in  February,  1800,  and  was  elected  proset'uting  attorney  of  Houghton 
County,  in  1861,  1863  and  in  1865.  From  the  date  of  his  removal  to  Houghton  down  to  1871,  when 
he  retired  from  active  practice,  Mr.  Hubbeirs  law  business  was  large  and  highly  remunerative. 
As  a  lawyer,  he  was  noted  for  his  industry  and  care  in  the  preparation  of  cases,  and  for  the  success 
with  which  he  presented  and  prosecuted  them.  When  he  removed  to  Houghton,  the  great  mining 
interests  of  that  locality  were  in  their  infancy.  In  their  development,  he  took  from  the  start  a 
warm  and  active  interest,  investing  all  his  spare  means  in  the  mines,  and  contributing  largely  to 


212  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMHY. 

their  8uc?ce88ful  development  by  his  determined  energy,  judicious  management,  and  undaunted 
pluck.  The  great  pecuniary  success  which  attended  these  mining  enterprises  enabled  him  to  retire 
from  the  practice  of  the  law  in  1871 ;  but  up  to  the  present  time  his  interest  in  the  development  of 
the  mines  of  Michigan  has  never  flagged,  and  it  was  under  his  direction,  as  a  Stale  Commissioner 
to  the  Centennial  Exhibition  of  1876,  that  the  remarkable  exhibit  of  the  mineral  products  of  that 
State  was  collected  and  made.  Already,  prior  to  his  retirement  from  law  practice,  Mr.  Hubbell 
had  also  become  an  active  factor  in  the  public  affairs  of  his  native  State.  His  acquaintance  with  the 
people  of  the  Upper  Peninsula  during  his  successive  terms  as  district  attorney,  had  become  very 
extensive,  and  his  frank,  square,  practical,  common-sense  manner  had  made  him  popular  with  the 
masses,  who  regarded  him  as  a  safe,  level-headed  adviser,  as  well  as  a  man  of  prompt  and  decided 
action.  In  1868,  during  the  Presidential  election,  his  political  speeches  brought  public  attention 
to  him  as  a  promising  public  leader,  and  the  success  which,  during  the  same  year,  crowned  his 
efforts  at  Washington,  whither  he  had  been  sent  by  the  people  of  the  copper-mining  district  to 
secure  the  imposition  of  higher  tariff  duties  on  copper,  brought  him  still  more  prominently  to 
the  front.  This  was  shown  by  the  large  vote  given  to  him  in  the  Congressional  Convention  of  the 
Sixth  Congressional  District,  which  then  (1870)  included  Houghton.  In  1872,  Michigan  having 
been  re-districted,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  nominated  for  Congress  by  the  Republican  Convention  to  repre- 
sent the  Ninth  Congressional  District,  comprehending  within  its  limits  the  nine  counties  of  the 
Upper  Peninsula,  and  eighteen  counties  of  the  Lower  Peninsula.  The  campaign  which  followed 
was  an  exciting  one,  and  he  addressed  political  gatherings  in  nearly  every  one  of  the  great  num- 
ber of  counties  in  his  district,  and  was  elected  to  Congress  by  11,951  votes  against  5,546  votes 
cast  for  his  competitor,  S.  P.  Ely,  who  ran  as  the  Liberal  Republican  and  Democratic  candidate. 
In  the  Forty-third  Congress,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  placed  upon  the  committees  on  banking  and  currency, 
and  mines  and  mining,  and  was  aLso  a  member  of  the  joint  committee  to  investigate  the  aflfairs  of 
the  District  of  Columbia,  in  all  of  which  he  rendered  good  service.  He  secured  the  payment  of 
some  $20,000  to  the  State  of  Michigan,  being  five  per  cent,  on  the  permanent  Indian  Reservations, 
which  had  been  due  to  that  State  and  uncollected  for  a  long  term  of  years.  He  delivered  a  speech 
in  the  Horise  during  tl^is  term  upon  the  currency  question,  which  attracted  marked  attention. 
Through  his  efforts,  also,  the  long  unsettled  land  titles  at  St.  Mary^s,  Michigan,  were  adjudicated  in 
favor  of  the  claimants.  He  also  secured  the  passage  of  a  bill  to  relieve  from  taxation  the  mining 
corporations  of  the  Upper  Peninsula,  which  had  been  assessed  on  the  issue  of  their  drafts  that  had 
been  taxed  as  currency.  In  1874,  Mr.  Hubbell  was  re-elected  to  Congress  by  12,877  votes  against 
3,460  votes  for  H.  D.  Noble,  Democrat.  In  the  Forty-fourth  Congress,  he  was  again  on  the  banking 
and  currency  committee.  He  introduced  a  bill  by  which  the  State  of  Michigan- would  have  col- 
lected some  $250,000  arising  from  the  five  per  cent,  on  bounty  lands  allowed  to  that  State  under  the 
act  of  admission,  a  claim  which,  though  still  in  abeyance,  is  likely,  with  his  persistent  efforts,  to  be 
pn<hed  to  collection  in  the  next  Congress.  He  distinguished  himself  mainly,  however,  at  this 
session  by  a  very  exhaustive  and  .ible  speech  in  opposition  to  the  Morrison  Tariff  bill,  whose  in- 
ijuities  he  exposed  with  unsparing  hand,  arousing  public  attention  every  where  to  the  dangers  with 
\vlii(!h  this  Democratic  measure  threatened  the  industrial  interests  of  the  country.  This  speech, 
more  perhaps  than  any  other,  led  to  the  ignominious  defeat  of  that  monstrous  bill.  After  minutely 
analyzing  what  he  termed  *  The  so-called  Morrison  Tariff,  manufactured  in  New  York  City,  by 
order  of  the  Free  Trade  League,  under  the  inspiration  of  the  American  members  of  the  English 
Cobden  Club,'  he  said : 

*Asidc  from  the  tax  proposed  to  be  levied  on  tea  and  coffee,  the  increased  duties  amount  to 
only  $821,879.71,  while  the  decrease  for  the  year  is  over  $26,000,000.  Practically,  however,  even 
if  tea  and  coffee  should  not  be  taxed,  there  will  be  little  or  no  decrease  in  the  aggregate  receipts. 
The  duties  from  the  increase  of  importations,  now  unusually  large,  will  overcome  the  reductions 
proposed  in  the  tariff,  and  in  a  very  few  years  return  a  larger  custom  revenue  than  that  now  col- 
lected. The  Morrison  tariff  is  an  invitation  to  foreign  manufacturers  to  surfeit  our  markets  with 
imported  wares,  and   the  opportunity  will  be  i)romptly  embraced.     The  extent  of  its  evil  tenden- 


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cie3  can  scarcely  be  measured,  and  the  country  now  appeals  to  the  wisdom  of  this  Congress  to  save 
the  people  from  a  practical  realization  of  its  fearful  consequences/ 

In  1876,  he  was  again  elected  to  Congress  by  18,224  votes  against  12,656  votes  for  John  H.  Kil- 
bourne,  Democrat.  He  was  placed,  in  the  Forty-fifth  Congress,  n|K>n  the  committee  on  expenditures 
in  the  Navy  Department,  and  joined  in  the  able  minority  report  which  so  fully  and  clearly  exoner- 
ated Ex-Secretary  Robeson  from  the  charges  which  partisan  malice  had  trumped  ap  against  him. 
He  was  also  placed  upon  the  committee  on  commerce,  and  was  on  the  sub-committee  that  prepared 
the  River  and  Harbor  bill.  He  secured  to  Michigan  immense  and  unexpecTted  appropriations  for 
greatly  needed  improvements  in  her  rivers  and  harbors,  among  others,  securing  the  deepening  of 
the  St.  Mary's  river  to  sixteen  feet.  It  was  during  this  Congress  that  (November  2d,  1877)  Mr. 
Hubbell  moved  to  strike  out  the  enacting  clause  of  the  Ewing  Anti-Resumption  bill,  and  substitute 
for  it  the  following : 

That  so  much  of  section  3  of  an  act  to  provide  for  resumption  of  specie  payments,  approved 
January  14th,  1875,  as  provides  for  the  redemption  in  coin,  by  the  United  States,  of  all  legal- 
tender  notes  outstanding  on  the  1st  day  of  January,  1879,  embraced  in  the  clause  of  said  section  of 
said  act,  in  the  language  following,  to  wit:  'And  on  and  after  the  Ist  day  of  January,  A.  D.  1879,  the 
Secretary  of  the  Treasury  shall  redeem  in  coin  the  Unite<l  States  legal-tender  notes  then  outstand- 
ing, on  their  presentation  for  redemption  at  the  office  of  the  Assistant  Treasurer  of  the  United 
States,  in  the  city  of  New  York,  in  sums  of  not  less  than  $50,'  shall  be  so  constrned  as  not  to  authorize 
or  require  the  Secretary  of  the  Treasury  to  retire  and  cancel  said  notes,  retleemed  as  aforesaid,  but 
to  authorize  and  require  said  Secretary  to  deposit  said  notes  in  the  Treasury  of  the  United  States, 
whereupon  said  notes  shall  be  paid  out,  at  par  value,  in  discharge  of  all  claims  and  demands 
against  the  itnited  States,  or  in  exchange  for  coin ;  and  said  notes  shall,  as  heretofore,  continue  to 
be  :i  legal-tender,  and  on  and  after  January  1st,  1879,  shall  be  receivable,  at  their  face  value,  in 
payment  of  all  dues  to  the  government,  and  for  all  debts,  except  where  coin  payment  is  stipulated 
by  contract  or  statute ;  and  all  provisions  of  law  in  conflict  with  this  act  are  hereby  repealed. 

Mr.  Hubbell's  substitute  was  defeated,  84  Republicans  and  6  Democrats  voting  for  it,  and 
30  Republicans  and  128  Democrats  voting  against  it.  But  subsequently  the  'Fort  Bill,'  which  was 
introduced  April  29th,  1878,  and  which  was  substantially  the  same  as  the  Hubbell  substitute, 
passed  both  Houses  and  became  the  law ;  and  Secretary  Sherman  also  gave  instructions  for  the  receipt 
of  greenbacks  for  customs  dues,  thus  vindicating  in  all  essential  respects  the  forethought  and  wisdom 
of  the  Hubbell  substitute.  In  this  Congress  Mr.  Hubbell  made  speeches  upon  our  foreign  commerce 
and  upon  the  coinage  of  silver,  both  of  which  excited  public  attention.  In  1878  he  was  again 
elected  to  Congress  by  15,264  votes  against  7,478  votes  for  John  Powers,  Democrat.  He  was 
placed,  in  the  Forty-sixth  Congress,  upon  the  Committee  of  Appropriations ;  was  chairman  of  the 
sub-committee  on  the  Pension  bill,  and  a  member  of  the  sub-committee  on  the  Indian  bill,  in  which 
positions  he  has  rendered  important  services  to  his  constituency  as  well  as  to  the  entire  country, 
securing  among  others  the  perpetual  freedom  from  tolls  of  the  St.  Mary's  Canal.  At  the  recent 
meeting  of  his  Congressional  Convention  he  was  again  nominated  for  a  fifth  consecutive  term  in 
Congress,  and  will,  without  doubt,  be  re-elected  by  even  more  than  his  usual  large  majority.  From 
his  entry  into  Congress  Mr.  Hubbell  has  been  continuously  a  member  of  the  Republican  Congres- 
sional Committee.  His  great  skill  and  experience  in  the  political  duties  thus  imposed  upon  him, 
and  his  work  in  the  campaign  of  1878,  earned  for  him  in  1879  the  chairmanship  of  that  committee. 
The  vigorous  and  successful  campaign  of  that  year  in  Ohio  securetl  him  the  highest  encomiums, 
and  both  then  and  now  he  has  devoted  all  his  time  and  energies  and  abilities  to  the  important 
work  of  the  committee,  of  which  he  is  the  guiding  ^*pirit  and  controlling  hand.  Unable,  by  reason 
of  his  absorbing  labors  at  Washington,  *  the  central  post  of  duty,'  as  he  terms  it,  to  meet  his  imme- 
diate constituents  on  the  stump,  he  addressed  to  them  October  2d,  1880,  an  'open  letter.'  on  the 
'Overshadowing  Issue,'  showing  in  a  miisterly  manner  'the  true  inwardness  of  the  Solid  South,' 
which  was  published  in  full  in  the  Detroit  Post  and  Tribune,  and  explained,  as  it  had  never  before 
been  explained,  the  real  programme  of  the  *  Solid  South.'  In  concluding  this  'stirring  address,'  as 
the  Po9i  and  Tribune  characterizes  it,  Mr.  Hubbell,  alluding  to  the  *  Solid  Southern  leaders,'  says : 


214  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

'  At  all  eosts  they  propose  to  get  in  power.  At  all  costs  they  propose  to  keep  in  power.  At 
oil  rosts  they  propose,  when  in  power,  to  madden  the  North  as  well  as  impoverish  and  weaken  it. 
At  all  coffts  they  propose  to  force  the  Northern  States  to  secede,  and  when  the  "Solid  Soath,*'  after 
working  all  the  ruin  they  contemplate,  have  driven  the  North  into  secession,  the  "  Solid  South,"  a 
much  larger  and  more  powerful  South  than  that  which  rebelled,  will  laugh  a  quiet,  foxy  laagh, 
and  say,  *'  Go,  by  all  means ;  we  always  believed  in  peaceable  secession !  Yon  are  simply  stultifying 
your  former  course.     We  are  ever  consistent.    Go,  by  all  means,  and  a  good  riddance  of  yoa  P' 

This  is  the  terrible  revenge  which  the  '  Solid  South '  proposes,  to  force  the  North  to  not 
onlv  restore^  but  to  vindicaJU  for  all  time  the  *  Lost  Cause ! ' 


Forty-seven  electoral  votes  from  the  North  will  insure  the  success  of  that  devilish  conspiracy  I 
Is  the  North  so  blind  as  to  give  a  single  one  ?  Was  the  war  for  freedom  and  union  waged  in  vain  ? 
For  these  priceless  heritages  the  North  stinted  not  her  blood,  her  treasure,  the  lives  of  her  beiA 
and  bravest  sons.  Was  it  all  for  nought  ?  Is  she  to  gain  by  long  and  bloody  and  desolating  war, 
only  to  loose  by  the  arts  of  treacherous  demagogues  ? 

The  Union  soldier,  Hancock,  is  but  the  mask  which  hides  the  trail  of  the  rebel  serpent. 
'  The  hand  is  the  hand  of  Esau,  but  the  voice  is  the  voice  of  Jacob.'  Hancock  chants  the  sweet 
'  music  of  the  Union,'  but  through  it  all  louder  and  shriller  is  heard  the  old  rebel  yell ! 

Freemen  of  America,  be  not  deceived  to  your  own  undoing  I    Vote  as  yon  once  fooght  V 

To  his  personal  efforts,  more  than  to  those  of  any  other  one  man,  was  due  the  Republican 
victory  in  Oregon— the  first  gun  which  saluted  the  nomination  of  Garfield  and  Arthur.  Very 
largely  also  is  he  entitled  to  credit  for  the  thoroughness  and  completeness  of  the  October  victories  in 
Ohio  and  Indiana.  But  these  victories,  great  as  they  were,  served  only  to  spur  him  to  renewed  eflbrts. 
He  saw  with  the  genius  of  generalship  that  the  time  to  forever  wipe  out  the  solidarity  of  the  South 
had  come,  and  that  the  October  defeat  must  in  November  be  converted  into  a  total  root.  With 
characteristic  decision  he  at  once  sounded  this  bugle  charge,  which  stirred  the  whole  party  to 
renewed  eflfort : 

'  To  thf  Rfpublifan  Voters  of  the  United  States : 

We  have  met  the  enemy  and  they  are  ours.  From  Oregon,  from  Khode  Island,  from  Ver- 
mont, from  Connecticut,  have  come  recent  voices  bearing  no  uncertain  sound,  but  booming  and 
ringing  with  the  notes  of  Republican  victory.  And  now  Ohio  giving  us  at  least  25,000  popular 
majority  and  sixteen  of  her  twenty  Congressional  districts,  and  Indiana,  giving  us  from  5,000  to 
10,000  majority,  probably  nine  of  her  thirteen  Congressmen  and  her  Legislature,  with  its  certain 
promise  of  a  Republican  United  States  Senator,  join  their  swelling  voices  with  these  shouts  of 
triumph,  and  seem  to  make  our  coming  victory  sure. 

The  vote  of  yesterday  is  due  to  fear  of  Democratic  ascendency,  of  solid  Southern  domination, 
of  the  ruin  to  our  industries  which  would  follow  Democratic  Free  Trade  experiments,  of  the  disas- 
ters to  business  and  to  laboring  and  to  other  interests  which  would  follof^  **  a  change"  of  govern- 
ment when  all  is  prosperous  now.  It  means,  also,  a  united  North  against  a  vindictive  Solid  South. 
W^e  have  pierced  the  enemy's  centre,  but  we  must  not  sleep  on  our  arms.  We  most  chai^  along 
the  whole  line,  and  rout  him  "  horse,  foot  and  dragoons." 

Republicans,  remember  that  this  is  the  "  last  ditch"  of  the  "Solid  South,"  and  the  desperation 
of  despair  is  not  to  be  dei^ised.  Stand  by  your  colors ;  rest  not  for  an  instant.  Sustain  your  com- 
mittees in  the  fight  for  doubtful  districts;  be  vigilant,  aggressive,  pressing  the  enemy  in  the  front, 
in  the  rear,  and  on  the  flanks,  and  do  not  cease  your  efforts  imtil  a  complete  and  overwhelming 
victory  in  November  shall  crown  them  with  the  assurance  of  Republican  ascendency  and  that  free- 
dom, peace  and  prosperity  which  will  surely  accompany  it, 

JaT  A.  HUBBELL, 

Chairman  Republican  Congressional  Committee. 
Washington,  October  13th,  1880.* 


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Teree,  vigorous,  and  stirring  as  is  this  appeal,  ho  shows  in  energetic  action  as  well  as  in 
burning  words  his  belief  in  the  necessity  for  hard  work  to  make  the  final  success  absolute  and  all 
complete.    He  is  found  working  at  the  Republican  Headquarters,  at  Washington,  day  and  nigh^ 

Chairman  Hubbell  is  direct  in  logical  processes  and  methods,  has  great  decision  and  energy 
of  character,  with  sufficient  caution  for  safety,  and  the  requisite  dash  to  evoke  enthusiasm.  His 
manner  is  pleasantly  blunt  and  direct.  He  is  shrewd,  careful,  and  his  straightforward  bluntness  is 
tempered  with  tact.  His  brain  is  large,  his  heart  is  large,  his  common  sense  is  large  and  he  stands 
stead&stly  by  his  friends.  He  would  make  a  very  useful  Senator,  and  Michigan,  if  she  ran 
appreciate,  and  she  has  always  shown  she  can,  the  sturdy,  sledge-hammer  eloquence,  and  skill  and 
energy  of  her  best  tried  legislative  sons,  will  not  be  apt  to  forget  the  name  of  Jay  A.  Hubbell  when 
she  looks  around  next  winter  for  a  worthy  successor  to  the  lamented  Zachariah  Chandler." 


NATHAN  HUBBELL,  son  of  George  Augustus  Hubbell  and  Huldah 
Hall,  was  born  in  Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  October  2ist,  1831.  Until  the  age 
of  fourteen  he  resided  with  his  parents,  in  the  suburbs  of  Bridgeport,  working 
for  neighboring  farmers  in  the  summer,  and  attending  the  district  school  in  the 
winter.  Three  or  four  years  were  then  spent  as  an  apprentice  in  saddle,  har- 
ness and  trunk  manufactories. 

After  a  few  weeks'  service  on  a  packet  plying  between  New  Bedford  and 
Edgartown,  where  he  had  gone  without  the  knowledge  of  his  parents,  he 
returned  home.  Later  he  became  news  agent  on  the  Naugatuck  Railroad,  in 
Connecticut,  and  was  finally  made  brakeman  and  baggage-master  on  the  mail 
train  of  the  same  railway. 

Subsequently  he  became  messenger  for  the  Adams  Express  Company 
between  New  York  and  Springfield,  Massachusetts.  Resigning  this  position, 
he  spent  nine  years  on  the  Harlem  Railway  as  Conductor  and  ticket  agent, 
withdrawing  from  the  occupation  of  conductor  in  1859,  that  he  might  find 
more  time  for  study  as  a  station  agent  at  Harlem. 

In  the  summer  of  the  same  year  he  visited  Halifax  and  Guysborough, 
Nova  Scotia,  partly  in  pursuit  of  health,  and  partly  to  gain  information  con- 
cerning 700  acres  of  land  belonging  to  his  grandfather,  Nathan  Hubbell's  estate. 

On  February  i6th,  1 861,  he  was  licensed  as  a  local  preacher  in  the  Metho- 
dist Episcopal  Church,  and  decided  to  make  the  Christian  ministry  his  life 
work.  In  1862  he  became  pastor  of  a  small  church  of  that  denomination,  at 
Fordham,  New  York,  meanwhile  continuing  his  studies  privately,  and  retain- 
ing his  position  as  railway  agent. 

In  the  spring  of  1864  he  formally  resigned  his  secular  employment,  and 
engaged  heartily  in  the  work  of  the  ministry.  His  fields  of  pastoral  labor  have 
been  as   follows:     Harvard,   Delaware  County,   New  York;  Milan,  Bangall, 


2i6  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY, 

Washington  Hollow,  Pleasant  Valley,  Verbank  and  Rochdale,  Ducthess  County, 
New  York ;  Lakeville,  Litchfield  County,  Connecticut ;  North  Egremont,  Berk- 
shire County,  Massachusetts,  and  North  Hillsdale,  Columbia  County,  New  York; 
Cutchogue  and  Stony  Brook,  Suffolk  County,  New  York ;  Baldwin's  and  Long 
Island  Cit}%  Queen's  County,  New  York ;  Forsyth  Street,  New  York  City ;  New 
Haven,  Connecticut,  and  two  years  at  Brooklyn,  New  York.  In  1875  he  vis- 
ited Montreal  and  Quebec. 

Though  self-educated,  he  decided  to  pursue  an  additional  course  of  study, 
and  besides  the  usual  four  years*  course  in  the  New  York  Methodist  Episcopal 
Conference,  spent  three  years  more  at  Yale  Theological  Seminary  while  pastor 
of  the  New  Haven  City  Missions. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  married  January  2d,  1854,  at  Williamsbui^,  Long  Island 
(now  Brooklyn),  to  Miss  Cecilia  A.  King,  daughter  of  Beri  and  Mary  A.  King. 
Rev.  Dr.  Hiram  Mattison  performed  the  ceremony.     Of  seven  children  which^ 
have  been  bom  to  them,  five  are  living. 

Since  the  age  of  seventeen  Mr.  Hubbell  has  been  a  contributor  to  the 
public  press,  including  Tfie  Christian  Advocate^  of  New  York ;  Zion's  HcraU, 
Boston,  Massachusetts ;  The  Independent y  Tribune^  Times  and  Herald,  of  New 
York. 

He  has  also  edited  several  amateur  papers,  as  follows:  The  Harlem 
Traveler,  The  Centennial,  The  Sea  Breeze,  Camp  Meeting  Guide,  Christmas 
Courier  and  The  Itinerant,  the  latter  being  still  issued  quarterly  in  the  interest 
of  the  churches  of  which  he  becomes  pastor.  Mr.  Hubbell  was  the  first  editor 
of  The  Long  Island  Traveler,  a  weekly  paper  still  published  by  other  parties, 
at  Southold,  Long  Island,  New  York.  At  present  ( 1 88 1 )  he  is  pastor  of  the  Stony 
Brook  and  Setauket  Methodist  Episcopal  Churches,  Suffolk  County,  New 
York,  residing  at  the  former  place. 


AUGUSTUS  HUBBELL,  of  Ascutneyville,  Windsor  County,  Vermont, 
fifth  son  of  Charles  Benjamin  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Thompson,  was  bom  in 
Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  October  2d,  1832. 

At  the  commencement  of  the  Rebellion  (1861),  he  was  living  in  St.  Louis, 
Missouri,  and  left  that  city  for  New  York,  N.  Y.,  where  he  entered  the  Union 
Army,  September  nth,  1 861,  as  a  Commissary  Sergeant  in  the  Fifty-ninth  New. 
York  Volunteers.  On  October  i  ith,  1862,  he  was  promoted  to  a  Lieutenancy, 
and  received  several  other  promotions.  Was  mustered  out  of  service  August 
5th,  1865,  as  Captain  and  Commissary  of  Subsistence  of  the  Second  Brigade. 
Second  Division,  and  Second  Corps,  with  the  rank  of  Brevet-Major. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  217 

WILLIAM  LEWIS  HUBBELL,  of  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  County.  Con- 
necticut, son  of  William  Lewis  Hubbell,  a  well-known  sea  captain,  and  Eliza- 
beth Tyler  Bradley,  his  wife,  was  born  in  that  portion  of  the  town  of  Ffiirfield, 
now  included  in  the  City  of  Bridgeport,  on  January  i6th,  1833. 

His  grandfather,  Aaron  Hubbell,  was  a  successful  planter  and  revolution- 
ary soldier. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  educated  for  a  mercantile  life,  and  was  in  business  in 
Bridgeport,  Connecticut,  until  1862,  when  he  accepted  a  commission  as  First 
Lieutenant  of  Company  D,  Seventeenth  Connecticut  Volunteer  Infantry,  was 
mustered  into  United  States  service,  August  28th,  1862,  subsequent  to  this  he 
was  commissioned  Adjutant,  and  afterwards  Captain  of  Company  D,  and  later. 
Major  of  the  same  regiment. 

He  was  taken  prisoner  of  war  in  the  battle  of  Gettysburgh,  Pennsylvania, 
while  serving  on  the  staff  of  Brigadier-General  (afterwards  Major-General) 
Francis  C.  Barlow,  commanding  the  First  Division  of  the  Eleventh  Corps, 
Army  of  the  Potomac,  on  July  ist,  1863,  and  held  as  a  prisoner  of  war  in  Libby 
Prison,  Richmond,  Virginia,  until  March  7th,  1864,  when  he  was  paroled  and 
afterwards  exchanged.  He  completed  his  term  of  service  with  his  regiment  in 
Florida,  and  was  mustered  out  with  the  regiment  in  1865. 


HIRAM  PEIRCE  HUBBELL,  of  Harpersfield,  Delaware  County,  New 
York,  son  of  Jacob  R.  Hubbell  and  Harriet  Peirce,  was  born  November  28th, 
1847,  i^  what  is  now  the  town  of  Gilboa,  Schoharie  County,  New  York.  After 
receiving  a  common-school  education  and  attending  the  Stamford  Seminary,  at 
the  age  of  eighteen,  he  entered  a  dry  goods  store  kept  by  a  cousin,  Lester 
Hubbell,  in  Unadilla,  Otsego  County,  New  York,  and  remained  there  a  little 
over  two  years,  after  which  he  returned  to  Schoharie  County,  and  settled  in 
Jefferson,  where  he  opened  a  drug  store.  In  1873  he  closed  his  business  in 
Jefferson,  went  to  Harpersfield,  Delaware  County,  New  York,  and  commenced 
the  study  of  medicine  with  his  brother.  Dr.  Richtmyer  Hubbell.  He  gradu- 
ated from  the  Eclectic  Medical  College  of  New  York  City,  February  6th,  1876, 
and  immediately  began  the  practice  of  medicine  in  Harpersfield,  where  he  is 
now  (1881)  located. 

The  Doctor  has  been  a  member  of  the  Twenty-third  Senatorial  District 
Medical  Society  from  the  time  he  began  to  practise,  and  has  acted  as  one  of 
the  board  of  censors  nearly  every  year  since  until  the  present. 

23 


ANDREW  LYMAN  HUBBELL,  of  Great  Barrington.  Berkshire 
County,  Massachusetts,  son  of  Luman  Hubbcll  and  Jane  Munro  Boyd,  was 
born  in  Winsted,  Connecticut,  March  5th,  1834,  and  resided  there  until  he  was 
nearly  fourteen  years  of  age. 

For  three  summers  he  lived  on  the  farms  of  his  uncles,  Norris  Coe,  and 
Macpherson  Hubbell. 

He  received  a  high-school  education,  which  was  supplemented  by  a  course 
at  Wilson's  Institute,  in  Jonesvillc,  New  York.  After  leaving  the  Institute  he 
held  clerkships  in  Colbrook  and  Wolcottville,  Connecticut,  and  was  engaged 
by  Benedict  &  Scoville,  of  Waterbury,  Connecticut,  with  whom  he  remained 
for  some  time. 

In  1855,  he  went  to  Great  Barrington,  Massachusetts,  in  the  employ  of  B. 
F.  Durant,  of  the  "  City  Store,"  with  whom  he  remained  one  year. 

In  1856,  he  formed  a  partnership  with  Mr.  Hurlbert  under  the  firm  name 
of  Hurlbert  &  Hubbell,  and  purchased  the  clothing  business  of  E.  Doolittle, 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY,  219 

which  was  carried  on  for  one  year,  at  the  expiration  of  which  Mr.  Hubbell 
purchased  the  entire  interest  of  the  concern,  and  since  that  time  has  carried  on 
the  business  alone. 

His  clothing  house  is  one  of  the  largest  in  western  Massachusetts. 

On  September  loth,  1857,  he  married  Martha  W.,  daughter  of  E.  P.  Wood- 
worth,  of  Great  Barrington. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  for  many  years  one  of  the  Executive  Board  of  the 
Housatonic  Agricultural  Society,  one  of  the  largest  and  best  managed  county 
societies  in  New  England,  and  was  made  its  President  in  1877. 


RICHTMYER  HUBBELL,  of  Jefferson.  Schoharie  County,  New  York, 
son  of  Jacob  R.  Hubbell  and  Harriet  Peirce,  was  born  in  the  town  of  Gilboa, 
County  of  Schoharie,  State  of  New  York,  on  the  bank  of  the  Schoharie  Creek, 
not  far  from  the  iron  bridge  that  now  spans  that  stream,  on  February  2d,  1843. 
His  early  life  was  spent  in  the  towns  of  Gilboa  and  Blenheim,  Schoharie  County, 
New  York,  on  small  farms,  where  he  labored  with  his  father,  and  attended  the 
district  schools. 

At  the  early  age  of  sixteen  years  he  commenced  teaching  the  district 
school,  and  continued  to  do  so  for  five  years,  during  the  winter,  laboring  on 
the  farm  during  the  summer. 

In  the  fall  of  1863  he  emigrated  to  the  West,  and  taught  school  the  fol- 
lowing winter  at  Almond,  Portage  County,  Wisconsin,  after  which  he  enlisted  as 
private  in  Company  M  ist  Wisconsin  Heavy  Artillery.  The  company  was  sta- 
tioned at  Fort  Weed,  near  Alexandria,  Virginia,  where  Mr.  Hubbell  acted  as  com* 
pany  clerk  until  the  close  of  the  war  in  1865.  He  was  discharged  from  the  sef- 
vice  at  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin,  and  returned  to  his  father's  home  in  New  York. 

On  February  21st,  1866,  he  graduated  as  Physician  and  Surgeon  from  the 
"  Philadelphia  University  of  Medicine  and  Surgery."  In  the  following  March 
he  commenced  the  practice  of  medicine  at  Harpersfield,  Delaware  County, 
New  York,  where  he  had  an  extensive  and  successful  practice,  extending  into 
three  different  counties.  He  remained  in  practice  at  Harpersfield  for  eleven 
years,  and  while  residing  there  was  four  times  elected  Town  Clerk,  arid  three 
times  Supervisor  of  the  town. 

On  December  25th,  1877,  he  moved  to  the  town  of  Jefferson,  Schoharie 
County,  New  York,  where  he  has  since  resided  and  practised  his  profession. 

On  February  2d,  1880,  he  established  **  The  Jefferson  Banking  House,** 
and  since  that  time  has  carried  on  a  banking  business,  in  connection  with  his 
profession. 

For  the  last  five  years  Doctor  Hubbell  has  been  President  of  the  "  Eclectic 
Medical  Society  of  the  Twenty-third  Senatorial  District."  The  Doctor  is  5wx 
feet  one  inch  in  height,  and  weighs  220  pounds. 


^^^^^^-/^-uui 


LESTER  HUBBELL.'of  Savannah,  Georgia,  the  second  son  of  Hiram 
Hubbell  and  Molissa  Cady,  was  bom  in  the  village  of  Gilbertsville,  town  of 
Butternuts,  County  of  Otsego,  State  of  New  York,  on  November  17th,  1835. 
He  attended  school  at  an  early  age  in  his  native  village,  until  1846,  when  his 
father  and  family  moved  to  Montrose,  Pennsylvania,  but  only  remained  a 
year.  In  consequence  of  the  foundry  and  machine  works  of  that  place,  of 
which  he  had  charge,  taking  a  mechanical  partner,  his  father's  services  were 
no  longer  required,  and  he  moved  to  Unadilla,  New  York,  where  he  accepted 
a  similar  position.  In  the  fall  of  1849  it  was  decided  by  his  parents  that 
he  should  take  a  clerkship,  instead  of  following  his  father's  occupation,  for 
which  ho  had  a  remarkable  talent;  owing  to  his  slender  build  and  delicate 
constitution,  he  was  persuaded  to  become  apprenticed  to  Mr.  W,  H.  Emor>', 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  221 

of  Unadilla,  a  dealer  in  general  merchandise,  with  whom  he  served  his  time 
faithfully.  In  1854  he  went  to  Orcutt  Creek,  Pennsylvania,  to  take  charge  of 
a  store  and  steam  saw-mill,  which  his  father  and  David  Gardner,  of  that  place, 
had  erected.  The  mill  was  destroyed  by  fire  soon  after,  and  he  went  to  Wa- 
verly,  New  York,  in  the  employ  of  H.  Payne  &  Sons,  dealers  in  general  mer- 
chandise and  furniture,  and  remained  with  them  until  1859,  when  he  returned 
to  Unadilla  and  accepted  a  position  offered  him  by  Mr.  Emory,  his  first  em- 
ployer, with  the  understanding  that  he  was  soon  to  be  admitted  as  a  partner, 
but  as  they  could  not  agree  as  to  the  time  the  partnership  should  commence, 
he,  in  June,  1862,  with  his  small  capital  from  wages  saved,  added  to  a  few 
hundred  dollars  loaned  him  by  his  elder  brother.  Oretus,  went  into  business  on 
his  own  account,  against  the  advice  and  counsel  of  all  his  friends,  except  his 
uncle,  Solon  P.  Hubbell,  whose  store  he  rented  and  opened  June  i8th,  1862. 
With  a  small,  well-assorted  stock  of  merchandise,  he  soon  commanded  a  re- 
spectable share  of  the  country  and  town  trade,  which  increased  so  rapidly  that  at 
the  end  of  thirteen  months  he  had  paid  back  his  borrowed  money  and  more  than 
doubled  his  own  capital,  and  had  established  a  sound  credit  for  future  business 
operations.  He  then  took  his  brother-in-law,  George  H.  French,  as  a  partner, 
and  added  other  features  to  the  business.  In  1865  he  bought  out  Mr.  French's 
interest,  and  in  the  fall  of  that  year  was  married  to  Mary  A.,  second  daughter 
of  VVm.  J.  Thompson,  Esq.,  of  Unadilla,  New  York,  and  continued  in  business 
there  until  1868,  in  which  year  he  went  South  on  an  inspecting  tour,  which 
terminated  in  his  selling  out  his  store  and  moving  part  of  his  stock  to  Flem- 
ing, Liberty  County,  Georgia,  twenty-four  miles  west  of  Savannah ;  he  there 
purchased  a  half  interest  in  a  large  tract  of  land,  and  went  into  business  with 
J.  D.  Stevens.  Having  a  large  body  of  pine  timber  on  their  lands,  they  were 
induced  to  take  a  partner  and  purchase  a  saw-mill,  both  of  which  proved  un- 
profitable investments ;  the  firm  was  soon  sold  out,  and  Mr.  Hubbell  returned 
North  in  disgust.  In  this  business  venture  they  lost  over  eight  thousand  dol- 
dars  in  less  than  twelve  months.  In  1872  he  sold  his  interest  at  Fleming  to 
Mr.  Stevens,  and  moved  to  the  centre  of  the  State,  going  into  partnership  with 
J.  O.  Easterling,  at  Reidsville,  the  county  town  of  Tatnall  County,  situated  in 
the  midst  of  the  yellow  pine  timber  section ;  here  they  did  a  successful  busi- 
ness, nearly  all  the  proceeds  of  timber  and  cotton  coming  in  to  that  place,  in 
the  shape  of  checks  on  banks  in  Savannah.  They  were  induced  in  1875  ^^ 
establish  the  Tatnall  County  Bank,  in  connection  with  E.  C.  Anderson,  Jr.,  & 
Co.,  of  Savannah,  and  they  issued  a  circulating  medium  in  the  form  of  a  draft, 
engrave4  and  printed  in  bank  note  form,  to  pay  out  for  these  checks ;  it  was 
organized  and  in  operation  only  two  or  three  months  before  Congress  passed 
an  act  taxing  such  circulation  three  per  cent.,  which  was,  in  fact,  prohibitory, 
and  the  issue  was  called  in  immediately.     He  remained  in  business  there  until 


222  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

July,  1877,  when  he  removed  to  Savannah  to  act  as  agent  for  a  large  provision 
house  in  St  Louis,  Missouri,  and  in  the  fall  of  that  year,  with  his  brother, 
Oretus,  and  H.  N.  Graham,  of  that  city,  rented  a  desirable  store  on  Market 
square,  and  began  a  city  retail  and  country  jobbing  trade  of  groceries  and  pro- 
visions ;  the  competition  for  the  retail  trade  was  so  great  that  they  gradually 
dropped  most  of  it,  and  sought  to  increase  trade  in  their  wholesale  department 
At  the  suspension  of  the  St  Louis  house,  Mr.  Hubbell  turned  his  atteotion  to 
the  country  trade,  and  with  the  large  country  acquaintance  he  had  made  in 
the  interior,  soon  built  up  a  trade  equal  to  other  houses  that  have  been  estab- 
lished for  a  much  longer  period  of  time. 

Mr.  Hubbell's  early  life  was  spent  under  the  influence  of  the  Methodists 
religiously,  and  Whigs  and  Republicans  politically,  but  always  loving  the  fun- 
damental principles  and  grand  truths  of  all  doctrines,  and  disliking  all  side  issues 
and  isms,  he  has  accepted  the  Episcopal  church  faith,  the  Democratic  stand- 
ard politically,  and  the  Masonic  fraternity  socially ;  persons  are  not  quick  to 
form  his  acquaintance,  and  seldom,  if  ever,  at  first  sight  Respected  in  all 
communities  where  he  has  lived,  his  advice  and  counsel  are  frequently  sought, 
and  his  general  knowledge  of  things  pertaining  to  every-day  life  places  him  in 
a  position  to  be  of  service  to  his  friends.  In  manner  he  is  courteous  and  un- 
assuming ;  is  a  quiet,  persistent  laborer,  and  contents  himself  with  the  reward 
he  derives  from  it. 


RICHARD  HENRY  HUBBELL,  of  Appomattox  County.  Virginia,  son 
of  Truman  Mallory  Hubbell  and  Mary  Ann  Flower,  was  bom  August  26th, 
1825,  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania. 

He  was  formerly  Superintendent  of  the  Jackson  Steel  Works,  at  Alleghany 
City,  Pennsylvania,  and  resided  for  many  years  in  Chester,  Delaware  Count}'. 
Pennsylvania,  whence  he  removed,  in  1880,  with  his  eldest  son,  Truman 
Henry  Hubbell,  to  their  present  residence  (near  Concord)  Appomattox  Count}', 
Virginia. 

United  States  Patents  were  granted  to  Mr.  Hubbell,  and  his  brother, 
William  W.,  for  improvements  in  refining  cast-iron,  which  iron,  tested  at  the 
Navy  Yard,  Washington,  D.  C,  gave  the  unparallelled  tensile  strength  of 
60.958  pounds  to  the  square  inch.  (For  further  particulars  concerning  Mr. 
Hubbell,  see  his  brother's  sketch  on  page  193;  also,  Martin's  "  History  of 
Chester,"  page  445.) 


JAMES  BOYD  HUBBELL,  of  Mankato.  Blue  Earth  County.  Minne- 
sota, son  of  Luman  Hubbell  and  Jane  Munro  Boyd,  was  bom  in  Winsted,  Con- 
necticut, March  i8th,  1836. 

In  1853,  he  went  south  and  resided  at  Fort  Gaines,  Georgia,  during  the 
greater  part  of  his  stay  in  that  country. 

In  1857,  h^  moved  with  his  family  to  Minnesota,  where  he  was  appointed 
Indian  Trader.  In  1862,  after  the  "  massacre,"  he  removed  to  the  Missouri 
River- 
He  bought  out  the  interest  of  Charles  Choteau,  of  St.  Louis,  Missouri,  in 
the  "American  Fur  Company,"  in  1864,  and  organized  the  "Northwestern 
Fur  Company,"  of  which  he  was  general  manager  until  its  dissolution  in 
1870. 


224  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Since  then  he  has  been  engaged  in  different  pursuits  throughout  the  west, 
and  is  at  present  (1881,)  engaged  in  the  mercantile  business,  under  the  firm 
name  of  "  Broadwater,  Hubbell  and  Company,"  having  their  headquarters  at 
Miles  City,  near  Fort  Keogh,  on  the  Yellowstone  River,  Montana  Territory. 


JOHN  HENRY  HUBBELL,  of  New  York,  N.  Y.,  son  of  Nelson  Silli- 
man  Hubbell,  (bom  in  Easton,  Connecticut,)  and  Mary  Porter  Lawrence,  (bom 
in  Norfolk,  Connecticut,)  was  bom  in  Algonac,  St.  Clair  County,  Michigan, 
January  19th,  1837. 

In  1839,  his  parents  removed  to  Jackson,  Michigan,  then  nearly  a  wilder- 
ness, containing  about  one  hundred  inhabitants. 

His  early  educational  advantages  were  necessarily  limited,  he  received 
however,  the  benefit  of  an  academical  course  preparatory  to  entering  college, 
but  unfortunately  ill  health  compelled  him  to  forego  so  completing  his  studies. 

Preferring  a  commercial  life,  at  the  s^e  of  fifteen  he  entered  the  store  of 
Wiley  R.  Reynolds,  in  Jackson,  and  his  rapid  acquirement  of  commercial 
methods,  and  his  aptitude  for  business  was  such,  that  in  1855,  at  the  age  of 
eighteen  he  commenced  business  on  his  own  account  in  which  he  was  quite  suc- 
cessful. The  scope  of  his  enterprise  becoming  circumscribed,  a  large  field  of 
operations  became  necessary,  and  hence  he  removed  to  Memphis,  Tennessee, 
in  1859,  where  he  succeeded  in  building  up  a  very  extended  and  remunerative 
business,  but  which  was  entirely  broken  up  and  ruined  by  the  war  of  the 
rebellion. 

Then  followed  the  additional  misfortune  of  the  loss  of  health,  and  his 
life  being  despaired  of,  during  18^62  he  returned  to  the  north,  where  he  im- 
proved so  rapidly  that  he  was  enabled  in  the  following  year,  in  connection  with 
capitalists,  to  devote  his  energies  to  the  development  of  the  oil  wells  of  Meade 
County,  Kentucky. 

In  1 866,  he  embarked  in  business  in  St.  Louis,  Missouri,  but  remained 
there  but  a  comparatively  short  time.  His  great  experience  had  suggested  to 
him  that  he  might  supply  a  need  that  had  long  been  appreciated  by  the  lawyers 
and  business  men  of  the  country,  and  in  1869  he  projected  the  plan  and  com- 
menced the  annual  publication  of  "  Hubbell's  Legal  Directory  of  the  United 
States  and  Canada,"  which  was  designed  to  be  a  compendium  of  the  Commer- 
cial laws  of  the  various  States  of  the  Union  and  the  Canadas,  and  to  contain  a 
list  of  the  able  and  reliable  attorneys  throughout  the  land. 

This  work,  now  (1881)  in  the  twelfth  year  of  its  publication  has  become 
invaluable  in  the  office  of  every  prominent  lawyer  in  the  country. 

Its  success  has  been  most  pronounced  and  its  circulation  extended  so  ra- 


HISTORY  OB   THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  225 

pidly  that  it  soon  necessitated  a  location  more  convenient  for  its  requirements, 
and  hence  Mr.  Hubbell  removed  to  New  York  City  in  1870,  where  he  has  since 
resided. 

His  place  of  business  is  407  and  409  Broadway,  where  under  the  firm 
name  of  J.  H.  Hubbell  &  Co.,  he  conducts  an  extensive  law  and  collection 
office  in  addition  to  his  publications. 

Mr.  Hubbell  married  Mrs.  Martha  A.  Lenian  {nee  Baggott),  of  Dayton, 
Ohio,  June  nth,  1871. 


SINGLETON  BEALL  HUBBELL,  of  Medford,  Taylor  County,  Wis- 
consin, son  of  Levi  Hubbell  and  Mary  Morris  Beall,  was  born  April  27th, 
1855,  i^  Milwaukee,  Wisconsin.  Educated  at  the  Wisconsin  State  University. 
Commenced  studying  medicine  in  1871.  Graduated  as  a  physician  and  sur- 
geon, February  14th,  1874  ,at  Bellevue  Hospital  Medical  College,  in  New  York 
City.  Immediately  entered  upon  the  practice  of  his  profession  at  Medford, 
Wisconsin. 

On  December  12th,  1877,  he  purchased  the  Taylor  County  Star  and  News^ 
and  is  one  of  the  proprietors  at  present. 

On  October  loth,  1879,  he  received  the  Republican  nomination  for  the 
office  of  County  Treasurer,  and  was  elected  to  that  office  at  the  ensuing  elec- 
tion in  November,  for  the  term  of  two  years.  Is  a  member  of  the  Episcopal 
Church,  a  Republican  and  a  bachelor. 

On  August  loth,  188 1,  he  opened  in  Medford  a  real  estate  and  banking 
office,  under  the  firm-name  of  S.  B.  Hubbell  &  Co. 


JAMES  ALLEN  HUBBELL,  of  Quincy,  Logan  County,  Ohio,  son  of 
Hezekiah  Bloomfield  Hubbell  and  Sarah  Johnstone,  was  born  October  i6th, 
1844. 

In  1867  he  entered  the  Starling  Medical  College  of  Columbus,  Ohio,  from 
which  he  graduated  February  28th,  1870,  and  is  at  present  (1881)  practicing 
his  profession  in  Quincy. 


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FREDERICK  MARION  HUBBELL,  of  Des  Moines,  Polk  County. 
Iowa,  eldest  son  of  Francis  Burritt  Hubbell  and  Augusta  Church,  was  born 
January  17th,  1839,  in  Huntington,  Upper  White  Hills,  Fairfield  County,  Con- 
necticut. 

After  receiving  a  classical  education  in  Binningham  Connecticut,  Mr. 
Hubbell  removed  to  Des  Moines,  Iowa,  with  his  father,  in  1855,  where  he  re- 
mained for  eleven  months,  employed  in  the  United  States  Land  Office, 

In  1856,  he  moved  to  Sioux  City,  Iowa,  in  which  neighborhood  he  re- 
mained until  1861,  holding  several  county  offices,  during  his  residence  of  five 
years. 

On  returning  to  Des  Moines,  he  entered  into  partnership  with  J.  S.  Polk, 
Esq.,  with  whom  he  has  since  been  associated  under  the  firm  name  of  Polk  & 
Hubbell,  Attorneys  and  Brokers. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  227 

The  firm  has  been  remarkably  successful  in  numerous  large  speculations, 
and  has  organized  various  stock  companies,  built  the  city  water  works,  many 
large  buildings  in  the  heart  of  the  city,  and  several  railroads. 

Mr.  Hubbell  and  his  partner  are  not  only  among  the  best  known  finan- 
ciers and  capitalists  in  Iowa,  but  are  destined  to  have  a  wide-spread  and  well- 
deserved  popularity  in  journalism  as  proprietors  of  The  Iowa  State  Leader, 

It  is  superflous  to  say  that  the  great  success  of  the  house  of  Polk  & 
Hubbell,  is  largely  due  to  the  business  capacity  of  Mr.  Hubbell,  for  although 
only  forty  years  of  age,  the  fortune  he  has  amassed  is  of  large  proportions. 

As  a  man  he  is  held  in  great  esteem  by  his  fellow-citizens,  and  his  fame 
and  fortune  may  well  be  envied  by  men  who  have  not  been  as  successful. 

In  June,  1863,  he  married  Miss  Frances  E.,  daughter  of  Isaac  Cooper, 
Esq.,  and  grand-neice  of  James  Fenimore  Cooper,  the  celebrated  novelist. 
They  have  two  children,  Frederick  Cooper  Hubbell,  their  only  son,  now  a 
young  man  of  seventeen,  has  inherited  his  father's  business  capacity,  and  will,  in 
a  few  years,  be  fully  qualified  to  take  his  place  in  the  firm,  should  he  decide  to 
retire. 

Beulah  Frances  Hubbell,  their  only  daughter,  has  a  remarkable  talent 
for  music. 


JOHN  D.  HUBBELL,  of  Kelley's  Corners,  Delaware  County,  New 
York,  son  of  Milow  W.  Hubbell  and  Mary  Faulkner,  was  born,  July  8th,  1836, 
in  "  Bray  Hollow  Settlement,'*  Delaware  County,  New  York. 

Was  brought  up  a  farmer. 

When  in  his  twenty-third  year  he  became  a  member  of  the  "  Old  School" 
Baptist  Church  of  Roxbury,  Delaware  County,  Ne\v  York,  and  three  years 
after  was  licensed  to  preach  the  gospel  and  was  ordained  in  September,  1872. 


IDA  W.  HUBBELL,  daughter  of  James  Hubbell,  and  Ann  Requa,  of 
Peekskill,  New  York,  was  born  in  Peekskill,  New  York,  March  iSth,  1847. 

Miss  Hubbell  has  a  soprano  voice  of  great  power  and  compass,  and  is  one 
of  the  most  artistic  singers  on  the  American  stage. 

She  is  well  known  on  the  concert  stage  in  New  York  and  Boston,  and  has 
become  a  favorite  in  many  of  the  principal  cities  of  the  United  States. 


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WILLIAM  STONE  HUBBELL.  of  Somcrvillc.  Middlesex  County, 
Massachusetts,  son  of  Stephen  Hubbell  and  his  accomphshed  wife,  Martha 
Stone,  was  bom  In  Wolcottsville,  Connecticut,  April  19th,  1839, 

Mr.  Hubbell  graduated  at  Yale  College,  in  the  class  of  1858,  and  in  the 
autumn  of  1859,  entered  the  junior  class  of  the  Theological  Seminary,  at  An- 
dover,  Massachusetts,  where  he  remained  two  years. 

In  August.  1862,  he  enlisted  as  a  private  in  the  Twenty-fifth  Connecticut 
Volunteers,  and  was  made  second  lieutenant  of  the  Twenty-first  Connecticut 
Volunteers,  in  December  of  the  same  year. 

His  career  in  the  army  was  brilliant.  At  the  close  of  the  war  he  was 
commissioned  brevet-major,  and  returned  to  spend  his  third  year  in  the  Semi- 
nary at  Andover. 

Mr.  Hubbell  served  as  assistant  minister  (before  he  was  ordained),  to 
Reverend  Richard  S.  Storrs,  D.D.,  at  Braintree,  Massachusetts,  from  September, 


HISORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  229 

1866,  to  January,  1868.  Was  ordained,  January  29th,  1868,  as  pastor  of  the 
South  Evangeh'cal  Church,  West  Roxbury,  Massachusetts,  where  he  remained 
four  years.  Was  installed  January  31st,  1872,  over  the  First  Congregational 
Church  of  Somerville,  Massachusetts. 

As  a  pastor  he  has  never  received  an  act  or  a  word  of  unkindness  from  a 
parishioner,  and  therefore  knows  nothing  of  such  ministerial  trials  as  fell  to  the 
lot  of  his  father,  the  Reverend  Stephen  Hubbell.  He  has  always  been  led  to 
respect,  most  thoroughly,  the  piety  of  Christians  as  a  class,  and  to  believe  that 
the  majority  of  Pharisees  are  outside  the  Church,  instead  of  being  professors  of 
religion. 

In  1866,  Mr.  Hubbell  married  Caroline,  daughter  of  Alfred  Southmayd, 
Esq.,  of  Middletown,  Connecticut,  and  is  now(i88i)  pastor  of  the  First  Con- 
gregational Church  at  Somerville,  Massachusetts.  He  is  greatly  beloved  by 
his  congregation,  and  has  been  repeatedly  blessed  with  revivals. 


MACPHERSON  HUBBELL,  of  Winchester,  Litchfield  County,  Con- 
necticut, son  of  Silliman  Hubbell  and  Hannah  Taylor,  was  born,  August  24th, 
1803. 

He  was  named  Macpherson,  in  honor  of  a  Scotch  officer  bearing  that 
name  attached  to  General  LaFayette's  command  during  the  Revolutionary 
War. 

Mr.  Hubbell  has  always  been  a  farmer,  is  a  kind  neighbor,  a  prominent 
Mason,  and  much  beloved  and  respected  by  his  numerous  friends  and  relatives. 


MARY  ELIZABETH  HUBBELL,  was  born  at  Mt.  Carmel,  Connecti- 
cut,  December  5th,  1833. 

She  was  the  only  daughter  of  Reverend  Stephen  Hubbell,  now  (1881)  re- 
siding in  New  Haven,  Connecticut,  and  his  accomplished  wife,  Martha  Stone, 
authoress  of  "Shady  Side."  Miss  Hubbell  was  naturally  gifted  in  intellectual 
qualities,  and  under  the  careful  training  of  her  parents,  and  the  schools  she 
attended,  became  fitted  for,  and  accepted  the  position  of  principal  teacher  in  a 
young  ladies'  school  in  Baltimore,  Indiana,  the  year  before  her  decease. 

She  died  in  the  twenty-first  year  of  her  age,  regretted  by  all. 

Her  writings  of  prose  and  poetry  remain  to  justify  the  tribute  paid  to  her 
by  her  mother : 

"  Child  of  genius  and  of  song ; 
Child,  too,  of  God." 


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LUMAN  LEROY  HUBBELL,  ofDanbuiy,  Fairfield  County, Connecticut, 
son  of  Charles  Hubbell  and  Maria  Taylor,  was  born  in  Danbury,  October  2d, 
1S43- 

He  received  a  common  school  education,  which  he  supplemented  by  a 
course  of  instruction  in  Bryant  &  Stratton's  Business  College,  Bridgeport,  Con- 
necticut, and  entered  the  fancy  dry  goods  store  of  F.  H.  Austin  &  Co.  during 
the  spring  of  1859,  where  he  remained  six  years. 

Was  clerk  in  the  insurance  office  of  T.  Jones  for  two  years  {1867-S), 
and  in  the  spring  of  the  latter  year  opened  an  insurance  office  in  Chicago, 
Illinois. 

The  great  fire  in  that  city  destroyed  all  the  companies  for  which  he  was 
agent,  and  he  accepted  the  agency  of  the  Mutual  Life  Insurance  Company,  of 
Now  York  City,  in  October,  1869. 

He  was  elected  to  the  office  of  Town  Clerk  and  Registrar  of  births,  mar- 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  231 

riages,  and  deaths  in  October,  1872,  and  was  re-elected  for  five  succeeding 
years,  holding  the  office  until  January  ist,  1879. 

In  the  spring  of  1879  he  was  active  in  the  establishment  of  a  Telephone 
Exchange  in  Danbury  and  Bethel,  that  resulted  in  the  organization  of  "The 
Danbury  Telephone  Despatch  Company,"  of  which  he  was  appointed  Man- 
ager, and  on  October  ist,  1879,  he  had  the  great  satisfaction  of  seeing  fifteen 
miles  of  wire  in  use,  and  eighty  stations  in  communication  with  each  other. 

He  was  Chief  Engineer  of  the  Danbury  Fire  Department  for  two  years, 
being  elected  in  1878-9. 

The  duties  of  his  present  position  have  obliged  him  to  abandon  all  public 
pursuits ;  he,  however,  still  retains  the  agency  of  the  "  Mutual  Life  Insurance 
Company." 

As  a  man  he  is  held  in  great  esteem  by  his  fellow-citizens,  is  strictly  tem- 
perate, never  using  alcoholic  drinks  or  tobacco  in  any  form. 

His  father,  while  living  in  Grassy  Plain  (now  Bethel,  Connecticut),  was 
killed  by  being  run  over  by  a  train  of  the  Danbury  and  Norwalk  Railroad 
Company's  cars,  near  their  depot  in  Danbury,  on  September  2Sth,  1857. 

His  mother  married  a  second  husband,  Stephen  Bates,  of  Danbury,  Con- 
necticut, on  March  28th,  1858,  and  died,  April  15th,  1876. 

Mr.  Hubbell  was  a  member  of  the  Board  of  trustees  of  the  Union  Sav- 
ings Bank  of  Danbury  in  1878-9,  but  declined  re-election  in  1880. 

The  "  I.  M.  Ives  Company,"  (formerly  Ives  &  Hoyt,)  of  which  he  was 
appointed  Secretary  on  the  organization  of  the  stock  company,  is  an  old-estab- 
lished house,  and  now  (1881)  does  the  largest  business  in  furniture  and  house- 
furnishing  goods  of  any  concern  in  the  southwestern  part  of  Connecticut. 


CLARA  ISABELLA  HUBBELL,  daughter  of  Samson  Harvey  Hub- 
bell  and  Isabella  Hall  Acton,  his  wife,  was  born,  December  30th,  1843,  in 
Ohio. 

Miss  Hubbell  graduated  at  the  Wesleyan  College,  Cincinnati,  Ohio,  in 
1861. 

In  1862  she  was  married  to  Robert  W.  Richey,  in  1880  manager  of  the 
Evansville  Oil  Tank  Line,  a  branch  of  Alexander  McDonald  &  Co.'s  estab- 
lishment  in  Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

She  has  spent  much  time  in  the  cultivation  of  vocal  music,  being  the 
possessor  of  a  remarkable  voice,  and  has  composed  several  pieces  of  music 
that  have  been  published.  Of  late  years  she  has  given  her  attention  to  paint- 
ing in  oil,  and  writing  for  the  Cincinnati  papers. 

Mr.  and  Mrs  Richey  have  one  child  (a  daughter),  and  resided  in  Evansville, 
Indiana  in  1880. 


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ALVIN  ALLACE  HUBBELL,  of  Buffalo,  Erie  County,  New  York,  son 
of  Schuyler  Philip  Hubbell  and  Hephzibah  Farnsworth,  was  bom  in  Cone- 
wango,  Cattaraugus  County,  New  York,  May  ist,  1846. 

He  was  raised  on  the  farm  in  Conewango,  and  received  his  early  education 
at  the  district  school.  When  in  his  fourteenth  year  he  entered  the  Randolph 
Academy,  (now  Chamberlain  Institute,  1881,)  in  Randolph,  New  York,  where 
he  remained  for  six  terms  of  fourteen  weeks  each.  In  December,  i86l,hc  was 
awarded  one  of  the  "  H.  H.  Otis"  (Buffalo,  New  York,)  prizes  for  meritorious 
declamation. 

At  the  age  of  seventeen  years  he  commenced  teaching,  and  continued  to 
do  so  in  the  district  school  with  success  for  five  terms. 

In  the  summer  of  1865  he  commenced  the  study  of  medicine  with  Dr.  J. 
G.  Ackley,  of  Cattaraugus,  New  York,  and  afterwards  with  Dr.  Lyman  Twam- 
ley,  of  Little  Valley,  New  York. 

After  attending  the  Eclectic  Medical  College  of  Pennsylvania,  from  which 
he  received  a  diploma  on  January  4th,  1869,  he  commenced  the  practice  of 
medicine  in  Leon,  New  York,  February  ist,of  the  same  year. 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY.  233 

Becoming  dissatisfied  with  his  Alma  Mater ^  through  knowledge  that  came 
to  him  after  graduation,  concerning  practices  of  a  questionable  character  of 
which  he  was  entirely  ignorant  before  receiving  his  diploma,  he  determined  to 
graduate  in  another  college,  and  spent  the  winter  of  1875-6,  at  the  Medical  De- 
partment  of  the  University  of  Buffalo,  from  which  he  receivad  a  diploma,  on 
February  23d,  1876,  conferring  the  degree  of  "  Doctor  of  Medicine."  While 
attending  this  college  he  was  the  recipient  of  a  "  Fillmore  "  cash  prize  for  the 
best  thesis  on  a  medical  topic,  his  subject  being  "  Observation  and  Fact,  the 
Basis  of  Medical  Progress." 

He  has  performed  many  important  surgical  operations  among  which  may 
be  mentioned  several  delicate  operations  on  the  eye  and  ear.  On  April  i8th, 
1877,  he  performed  the  surgical  operation  known  as  Laparotomy,  for  Intus- 
susception, it  being  the  fourth  recorded  operation  for  that  disease  in  the  United 
States. 

In  1879,  ^^  ^^^^  appointed  lecturer  on  diseases  of  the  eye,  ear,  and  throat, 
in  the  Buffalo  College  of  Physicians  and  Surgeons,  and  in  1880,  was  elected 
professor,  which  position  he  still  holds.  * 

In  October,  1879,  he  removed  from  Leon  to  Buffalo  where  he  now  resides, 
(1881)  and  practices  his  profession,  making  diseases  of  the  eye,  ear,  and  throat  a 
specialty. 

Dr.  Hubbell  has  contributed  largely  to  the  various  medical  periodicals,  and 
read  numerous  papers  before  medical  societies. 


ALEXANDER  CAMPBELL  HUBBELL,  of  Lexington,  Fayette 
County,  Kentucky,  son  of  Cyrus  Hubbell  and  Eighttha  Darnell,  was  born  in 
Warren  County,  Tennessee,  January  12th,  1844. 

At  the  age  of  nine  years  he  had  the  mumps,  which  left  him  a  cripple  for 
life,  and  so  incapacitated  him  for  an  active  career,  that  he  became  a  teacher. 

In  1863-4,  he  was  a  clerk  in  the  Quartermaster's  Department,  United 
States  Army,  in  Arkansas,  and  after  the  war  resumed  his  profession  of 
teaching. 

In  1867,  he  became  a  student  in  the  Kentucky  University,  in  Lexington, 
and  pursued  his  studies  for  three  sessions. 

In  1869  he  went  to  Cincinnati,  Ohio,  to  have  a  contrivance  made  that 
would  enable  him  to  walk  without  a  crutch,  and  while  there  was  persuaded  to 
have  his  leg  amputated  that  he  might  wear  a  false  one,  he  submitted  to  the  opera- 
tion, and  died  from  its  effects  on  February  loth,  1869.  Is  buried  in  the  Lexing- 
ton Cemetery,  Lexington,  Kentucky. 

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ORRIN  ZKIGLER  HUBBELL,  of  Butler,  De  Kalb  County,  Indiana, 
son  of  William  Hosmer  Hubbell  and  Sarah  A.  Zeigler,  was  born  in  Kelso, 
Huntington  County,  Indiana,  March  30th,  1856.  At  the  age  of  four  years  he 
moved  with  his  parents  to  Butler,  De  Kalb  County,  Indiana,  prepared  for 
college,  and  graduated  from  the  Butler  High  School,  June  20th,  1873. 
The  fall  following  he  entered  the  Indiana  State  University.  While  in  college 
he  ranked  very  high  in  his  class.  The  Indiana  Student,  a  paper  published 
at  the  University,  mentioned  him  as  "one  of  the  finest  students  and  the 
best  debater  in  college."  Mr,  Hubbell  graduated  on  June  13th,  1877,  taking 
the  honor  of  the  "  Philosophical  Oration,"  and  standing  third  in  the  classical 
course.  He  returned  to  Butler,  where  he  began  the  study  of  law  with  Captain 
R.  A.  Franks,  and  was  admitted  to  the  Bar  at  Auburn,  Indiana,  in  the  same 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY.  235 

year.  In  1878  he  accepted  the  editorial  chaise  of  the  Butler  Record,  which 
position  he  resigned  in  1879  to  accept  the  superintendency  of  the  graded 
schools  at  Monroeville,  Indiana.  Being  called  to  deliver  the  oration  over  the 
graves  of  our  fallen  heroes  of  the  late  war,  at  Butler,  in  1880,  the  press  did 
him  the  honor  to  report  and  publish  his  address  in  full. 


WALTER  HUBBELL,  grandson  of  Truman  Mallory  Hubbell,  and  sec- 
ond son  of  William  Wheeler  Hubbell  and  Elizabeth  Catharine  Ramillie,  was 
born  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  April  26th,  1851. 

Made  his  first  appearance  on  the  stage,  October  10th,  1872,  and  since  then 
has  been  a  member  of  the  Dramatic  Profession. 

Is  the  author  and  compiler  of  this  History  of  the  Hubbell  Family.  His 
portrait  &cing  the  title  page  is  from  a  photograph  taken  in  18801 


ARMORIAL  ENSIGNS. 


"Genealogical  accounts  of  the  Hubbell  Family  with  origin,  from  authentic 

Sources. 

Ex,  Bibl,  Londinens. 

This  Hubbell  family  is  originally  a  Dane  family.  In  the  year  1016  they 
spread  themselves  over  England.  That  time  reigned  a  Dane,  King  Canute,  both 
over  Denmark  and  England.  In  said  year  a  Dane  Nobleman,  Harold  Hubbell, 
in  the  county  of  Northumberland,  received  from  the  King,  as  reward  for  faithful 
services,  the  estate  and  fortress  Haroldstone.  His  wife's  name  was  Maria  Moest- 
ing,  and  after  his  death  in  the  year  1035,  he  left  three  sons  and  one  daughter. 
The  daughter's  name  was  Eugenia,  and  became  the  wife  of  the  nobleman  of  Mel- 
ville, whose  family  is  yet  at  present  flourishing  in  England.  Of  the  three  sons, 
two  fell  in  the  battle  near  Hastings.  This  happened  in  the  year  1066  while  the 
Normans  were  invading  England,  and  the  third  son,  Hugo  Hubbell,  was  forced 
to  leave  his  estate.  Since  that  time  Hugo  as  warrior,  roved  through  England 
and  France.  The  figures  of  his  shield  were  two  ravens  heads  and  two  estoiles. 
On  the  helmet  a  tower  partly  demolished,  was  at  length  adopted  in  memory  of 
his  loss,  two  eagles  are  holding  the  shield.  These  figures  became  the  figures 
in  the  escutcheon  of  that  family.  Hugo,  as  he  was  already  60  years  of  age, 
was  married  to  Betty  Moore,  and  they  settled  themselves  in  the  county  of  Rut- 
land, in  the  year  1 113.  This  family  flourished  there  yet  in  the  year  1 190,  on 
the  estate  Hunsbog  and  Horstone,  while  four  noblemen  of  this  name  went  with 
King  Richard  Lionheart  of  England,  from  England  to  the  Holy  Land,  and 
never  returned. 

A  fifth  nobleman  of  this  name,  Andrew  Hubbell,  was  married  to  Eliza 
Peel,  and  lived  in  Horstone.  Since  that  time  accounts  of  this  family  are  want- 
ing. In  the  year  1463,  it  is  mentioned  that  in  the  struggle  between  the  houses. 
York  and  Lancaster,  the  estates  of  this  family  were  totally  destroyed.  That 
time  Walter  Hubbell  became  perfectly  poor,  went  with  his  family,  wife  and 
children,  to  the  Isle  of  Man,  where  he  took  service  on  board  of  a  ship,  and 
after  many  passages  he  at  last  collected  as  much  as  he  wanted  to  establish  a 
little  merchant  house  at  Plymouth,  England.  He  died  about  the  year  1515, 
and  left  a  son  whose  name  was  William  Hubbell,  who  continued  and  extended 
his  deceased  father's  business. 


if  hli  brathen  wers  klll«]). 
fwlt  Sump.  <bal-nf-Armt. 


ARMORIAL  ENSIGNS.  237 

This  said  William  Hubbell  was  married  to  Annie  Mimant,  a  French  lady, 
and  died  very  old,  in  the  year  1576.  He  left  but  one  son,  whose  name  was* 
Francis  Hubbell,  married  to  two  wives.  His  first  wife  got  no  children,  but 
with  his  second,  whose  name  was  Sophia  Brown,  he  had. 

This  Francis  Hubbell,  in  the  year  161 5,  had  fi-eighted  a  ship,  intending 

to  go  with  her  to  the  East  Indies,  but  there  was  never  anything  heard  again, 

neither  of  him  nor  of  the  ship  and  crew.     His  widow  was  yet  alive  about  the 

year  165 1  at  Plymouth,  and  two  sons  whose  names  were  Francis  and  Edward 

Hubbell,  they  pursued  not  their  father's  business,  and  of  their  further  fate  is 

nothing  known. 

Vide  Europ.  Coat-of-Arms 

and  Genealogical  accounts 

Bibl.  Londin." 

The  foregoing  genealogical  account  and  coat-of-arms  pertaining  to  it  were 
obtained  about  forty  years  ago  by  a  member  of  the  family  in  Fairfield  County, 
Connecticut,  now  (1881)  deceased. 

If  it  is  an  authentic  account,  Richard  Hubbell  the  First  was  probably  the 
son  of  Francis  or  Edward  Hubbell,  of  Plymouth,  Devonshire,  England.  This 
being  the  case,  he  must  have  had  some  acquaintance  with  the  relatives  of  the 
Pilgrims  who  came  to  America  in  the  May  Flower  in  1620,  and  being  a  mem- 
ber of  the  same  religious  denomination,  he  naturally  left  the  country  to  escape 
persecution,  and  became  a  member  of  the  New  Haven  Colony. 

It  is  very  probable  that  he  left  Plymouth  in  a  vessel  that  cleared  for  the 
New  England  Colony  from  a  port  in  Wales,  in  order  to  avoid  detention  by  the 
Crown,  which  accounts  for  a  tradition  that  he  came  from  Wales. 

"  123  E.  23d  STBEirr, 

New  York  City,  October  23d,  1880. 
Walter  Hubbell,  Esq.,  Philadelphia. 

My  Dear  Sir  : — I  encloee  photographic  copy  of  the  '  Hubbell  Arms,'  from  the  original  in 
my  po68e66ion,  which  I  obtained,  on  personal  application,  at  the  '  Doctors  Commons/  or  '  College 
of  Heraldry,'  while  in  London,  England,  in  August,  1831.  I  am  thus  particular  for  the  reason 
that,  too  oAen  we  have  imposed  upon  us  copies  furnished  by  strangers  passing  through  the  country, 
without  any  authority  of  their  being  correct 

The  motto,  *  NE  CEDE  M ALIS  SED  CONTRA '  reads  when  translated,  *  Yield  not  to 

misfortunes,  but  surmount  them.' 

I  am,  dear  sir,  yours  truly, 

(Signed)        Henry  Wilson  Hubbell.'' 

• 

The  foregoing  letter  explains  itself.  It  is  a  fact  worthy  of  record,  how- 
ever, that  the  Hubands  of  Great  Britain  use  the  same  coat-of-arms  as  the  one 
referred  to  in  the  aforesaid  letter  from  Henry  Wilson  Hubbell,  Esq.,  but  have 
a  different  motto.     This  fact  fully  corroborates  the  statement  made  on  page  4, 


238  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

and  proves  conclusively  that  the  Huband  family  is  also  of  the  Hubba's  Hill 
family  of  Great  Britain,  and  therefore  of  Danish  origin. 

The  coat-of-arms  containing  the  leopards'  heads  and  ostrich  feathers  be- 
longs to  the  Hubbald  family,  another  branch  of  the  Hubba's  Hill  family  of 
Great  Britain.  The  leopards'  heads  plainly  point  to  the  Danish  origin  of  this 
branch  (see  page  3),  and  the  three  ostrich  feathers  seem  to  indicate  its  Welsh 
extraction,  for  three  ostrich  feathers  are  now  used  in  the  armorial  decorations 
of  the  Prince  of  Wales. 

On  page  4  we  state  that  Hubbell  is  so  spelled  in  Wales  at  the  present 
day  (1881).  The  last  Hubbell  heard  of  in  Wales  is  said  to  have  lived  in  Gla- 
morganshire, and  to  have  spoken  no  language  but  Welsh.  He  was  bom  there, 
spelled  his  name  Hubbell,  and  is  probably  dead,  for  our  informant — a  Welsh- 
man— has  not  heard  of  him  for  over  twenty-five  years.  His  name  is  said  to 
have  been  Morris  Hubbell,  and  his  trade  that  of  a  stonecutter.     * 

A  list  of  persons  who  spell  their  name  Hubble  can  be  seen  in  the  London 
Directory.  In  1881  there  lived  in  Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania,  a  family  named 
Ffubeli,  of  Italian  origin,  and  in  the  same  year  several  families  were  living  in 
Baltimore,  Maryland,  descended  from  Benedict  Hubbell,  of  Baden,  Germany. 
A  record  of  his  descendents  is  given  in  the  Appendix. 

In  Burke's  History  of  the  Commoners,  volume  I,  page  372,  (Astor  Li- 
brary, New  York,)  it  is  recorded  that  "  Charlotte  Hubbell,  daughter  of  Dr. 
Hubbell,  married  Francis  Foote,  son  of  Sir  James  Foote,  K.  C.  B.  Vice-Ad- 
miral  of  the  Red  of  Highfield,  near  Southampton.  She  had  issue  two  daugh- 
ters, whose  names  are  not  known." 

There  are  several  families  in  the  United  States  whose  name  is  spelled 
Hubel,  and  as  the  following  description  of  their  coats-of-arms  is  very  interest- 
ing, we  are  sure  it  will  be  read  with  satisfaction : 

Hobel  d'Olengo, — Aut.  (Barons,  24.  joillet  1855,)  Coup^:  au  1  d'or  aa  lion  de  gu.,  pass,  sur 
la  trabe  d'an  drapeau,  la  trabe  tort,  de  sin.,  d'arg.  et  de  gu.,  arm.  d'arg.,  le  drapeau  fasc^  de  trois 
pieces  de  gu.,  de  sin.,  et  d'arg. ;  le  lion  brandlssaut  de  sa  patte  deztre  un  sabre  d'arg.  et  tenant  de 
sa  sen.  un  pennon  coup€  de  sa.  sur  or,  la  trabe  de  sa.,  arm.  d'arg. ;  au  2  de  gu.  au  chev.  d'arg.,  ch. 
d^me  carabine  etd'un  sabre,  pass^  en  saut. ;  le  chev,  surm.  d'un  grdlier  d'or  ch.  du  chiffre  F.  J.,  et 
c6toy4  de  deux  tubes,  de  cannon  d^or.  Cq.  cour.  C. :  le  lion  iss.,  tenant  le  sabre  et  le  pennon  L. :  a 
deztre  d'or  et  de  gu.,  a  sen,  d'arg.  et.  de  gu  D.:  Fortuna  Audaces  juvat,  en  lettres  d'or  sur  on  listel 
de  gu.  Hubel — Bav.  De  gu.  ^  un  agneau  d'arg.,  pass,  sur  un  tertre  de  sa.  C. :  I'agneau,  iss.  Hubel — 
Saxe  (An.,  13  avril  1804.)  I^arg.  au  chene  de  sin.,  pos^  sur  un  tertre  du  m^me.  Cq.  oour.  C:  une 
^toile  d'arg.,  soutenue  d'  un  croiss.  figure  du  m^me,  entre  un  vol  d'arg.  et  de  sin.  See  "  Rietstap 
Armorial  Oeneral,"  page  535. 


TO 


RICHARD  HUBBELL 


THE    FIRST   OF  THE   NAME   IN    AMERICA. 


Prologue. 

O  honored  sire ;  whose  brave,  ancestral  blood 
To  Albion's  isle  from  ancient  Daneland  flowed, 
And  thro*  thy  glorious  ancestor ; 
Who  with  his  legions  sought  old  Britain's  shore, 
Swept  o'er  its  hills  with  battle-axe  and  lance 
Resistless  as  an  Alpine  avalanche, 
And  like  the  gods  of  old,  by  battle's  gage, 
Won  fame,  and  fief,  and  vassaled  heritage. 
And  thou  did'st  leave  thy  father's  castled  walls, 
Its  towers,  and  battlements,  and  armoried  halls ; 
Its  well-worn  helmets  blurr'd  with  many  a  dent; 
Its  well-hacked   claymores,  dank  with  rust  and 

bent; 
Its  steel-clad  bosks,  and  many  a  bandoleer  ; 
Its  blazoned  shields,   impinged   with   many  a 

spear ; 
Its  tattered  banners,  borne  in  many  a  fight ; 
Its  rifted  standards,  reared  on  many  a  height ; 
And  far  across  Atlanta's  surging  breast, 
Made  here  thy  home,  loved,  honored,  blest ; 
Here  reared  brave  hearts  concordant  with  thine 

own, 
Taught  them  to  hate  a  tyrant  and  despise  a 

throne ; 
A  race  with  iron  wills,  and  iron  laws. 
Firm  as  their  granite  hills  in  Freedom's  cause ; 
Stem  as  the  Roman  who  condemned  his  son  ; 
Unchanging  as  those  laws  cut  deep  in  stone  ; 
With  stalwart  physique,  rough,  yet  not  uncouth. 
Surcharged   with   love  of  God,  and   Man,  and 

Truth;— 
These,  thy  descendants  from  that  austere  age : 
Proud   are  they  of  their  Sire,  their  name,  and 

heritage. 

For  thee  O  Sire !  we  fain  would  twine  the  bays 
Of  honor,  love,  and  homage,  in  thy  praise  ; 
Green  in  our  hearts  O  Sire  !  thou  livcst  yet. 


Nor  will  our  children's  children  thee  forget ; 
But  lisp  thy  name,  for  years  on  years  along 
The  waves  of  Time,  all  musical  with  song. 


I. 

Sire  of  an  hundred  Sires  I  thy  spotless  name 
Is  wreathed  and  blended  with  a  glorious  fame, 
A  name  untarnished  by  the  tide  of  years; 
A  name  unstained  by  greed  or  penance  tears ; 
A  name  unsullied  by  the  touch  of  Time ; 
Grand  art  thou  in  thy  lineage  ;  in  thy  race  sub- 
lime. 

II. 

Sire  of  a  thousand  Sons  I  who  gavest  them 
The  electric  spark  that  maketh  patriot  men ; 
For  were  they  not  begot  in  Freedom's  clime ; 
Nor  taught  of  Freedom  in  their  nursery  rhyme, 
Still  each  would  be  fair  Freedom's  devotee. 
For  all  were  patriots  from  their  very  infancy. 

III. 

O  patriot  Sire !  no  craven  race  is  thine ! 

In  all  their  country's  wars  their  serried  glories 

shine ; 
For  when  the  war-clouds  poured  their  iron  rain. 
And  when  our  land  was  travailing  in  her  pain. 
Then  did  thy  sons  amid  the  battle's  red  reflow 
Bivouac  upon  the  field,  the  nearest  to  the  foe. 

IV. 

O  loyal  Sire !  successive  generations  prove 
The  bravery  of  thy  sons  I  their  country's  love ! 
Where  met  contending  ho^ts !  where  met  the 

brave ! 
Where   sulphurous  lightning's  flashed !   where 

flashed  the  glave, 


HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 


There  the;,  like  thoK  of  old  Thennop/lK 
Hsve  fought ;  and  figbtiag  gave  their  all  to  Lib- 

V. 
O  peerlen  Sire !  by  thee  we  proudljr  ue 
Co-hein,  with  all  th;  bods  and  daaghten  fair, 
Who  from  thy  loins  two  handred  yean  ago, 
Have  grown  in  nniuben  as  the  forests  grow; 
Whilst  thon  like  Patriarclu  in  ages  gone. 
Hast  slept — most  deep  until  the  Beanrrection's 


VL 


«t! 


How  grand  the  futnre  of  two  centuries  yel. 
When  Bona  of  sons  Iheir  lineal  sons  bc^^ .' 


Tea,  Sainted  Sire !   thon  shouldst  like  Seer  of 

Old! 
In  vision  wr^  have  seen  thy  lineage  maoilbld. 

vir. 

O  hallowed  Siie  I  two  hundred  yean !   two  hun- 
dred yean] 
Of  atonns  and  calnu,  of  ■anshine,  hopes,  and 

Hare  rolled ;  yea,  rolled  into  the  mighty  Past  \ 
Since  thou,  in  realms  illimited  and  vast! 
In  realuiB  refulgent  in  primeral  light !  haat  trod 
The  atatry  spheres  that  pave  the  City  of  our  God. 

WiLUAX  Lafayettk  TTimmni. 
New  Yoai  Crrr.  ISM. 


GENEALOGICAL  RECORD  OF  TEN  GENERATIONS. 


DESCENDANTS  OF  RICHARD  HUBBELL, 

THE   FIRST   MAN   OF  THE   NAME  IN  AMERICA. 

IssHfC  of  First   Oeneration. 

1  to  15. 

1.  ^Richard  Hubbell,  of  Pequonnock,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1627-8, 
in  Great  Britain,  d.  Oct.  23d,  1699,  at  his  residence  in  Pequonnock.  See 
p.  4.  He  m.  first,  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  John  Meigs,  Sr.,  of  the  New  Haven 
Colony,  Conn.,  in  1650-51.  She  d.  in  1664-5,  in  Pequonnock.  Had  issue: 
2.  *John,  b.  about  1652,  in  New  Haven,  Conn. — 3.  'Richard,  b.  1654,  in  Guilford, 
Conn. — 4.  •James,  b.  1656,  in  Guilford,  Conn.,  and  d.  there  Dec.  12th,  1656. — 
5.  'Samuel,  b.  Nov.  6th,  1657,  in  Guilford,  Conn.— 6.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  16th, 
1659,  in  Guilford,  Conn. — 7.  'Ebenezer,  b.  in  Guilford,  Conn. — 8.  'Mary,  b.  in 
Guilford,  Conn.,  m.  James  Newton. — 9.  'Martha,  b.  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 
M.  a  second  wife  (her  surname  is  unknown  ;  her  Christian  name  was  probably 
Esther  or  Elizabeth,  for  "  E.  H.,  1688,"  is  on  her  gravestone,  in  the  ancient  Strat- 
field  Burying  Ground  in  Bridgeport,  Conn.),  and  had  issue:  10.  'Samuel,  b.  in 
Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. — 11.  'Abigail,  b.  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. — 12.  'Sarah,  b.  in 
Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. — 13.  'James,  b.  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  M.  third,  Mrs.  Abi- 
gail Walker  (widow  of  Joseph  Walker,  of  Stratford,  Conn.),  in  1688.  She  d.  in 
1717.  Had  issue:  14.  'Joseph,  b.  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  and  d.  there  in  1700. 
See  p.  44.— 15.  'John,  b.  April,  1691,  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  Dates  of  birth 
and  death  of  issue  of  Richard  Hubbell  the  First,  are  from  the  records  of  the 
respective  towns.  The  names  of  his  issue  (except  4.  James,  b.  1656),  are 
from  his  will  in  this  work. 

Note. — The  reader  will  please  remember  that  the  number  preceding  the  name  of  each  in- 
dividual refers  only  to  that  individual,  and  that  by  this  number  the  descendant  can  be  traced  either 
to  or  from  Richard  Hubbell  the  First.  The  small  figure  denotes  the  generation  to  which  the  des- 
cendant belongs,  viz. :  1.  »Richard  Hubbell,  3.  'Richard  Hubbell,  19.  'Peter  Hubbell,  110.  ^Silas 
Hubbell,  347.  *Tnunan  Mallory  Hubbell,  812.  •William  Wheeler  Hubbell,  1728.  "'Walter  Hubbell. 
The  Abbreviations  are  as  follows:  b.  for  Born,  bapt.  for  Baptized,  m.  for  Married,  d.  for  Died,  Co. 
for  County,  yr.  for  Year,  mo.  for  Month,  wk.  for  Week,  dy.  for  Day,  and  p.  for  Page.  The  names 
of  States  are  also  abbreviated. 

26 


242  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Issue  of  Second  Generation, 

16  to  18. 

2.  'John  Hubbell,*  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,b.  1652,  d. 
1690.  See  p.  29.  Son  of  1.  ^Richard,  m.  Patience,  and  had  issue:  16.  'Margery, 
b.  1681.— 17.  'Kichard,  b.  Jan.  25th,  1684.— 18.  'Josiah,  b.  1688. 

19  to  29. 

3.  'Richard  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1654, 
d.  1738.  See  p.  32,  son  of  1.  *Richaid,  m.  Rebecca,  daughter  of  Samuelf  and  Re- 
becca Morehouse,  Nov.  5th,  1685.  She  d.  April  2d,  1692.  Had  issue:  19.  'Peter, 
b.  Aug,  10th,  1686.-20.  'Ebenezer,  b.  Sept.  19th,  1687.-21.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Oct. 
23d,  1689,  m.  Nathan  Beardsley.  See  records  too  late  for  classification. — 22. 
'Jonathan,  b.  March  25th,  1692.  Was  ra.  to  second  wife,  Hannah  Sillway  (or  Sill- 
iman),  of  Maiden,  Mass.,  Oct.  12th,  1692,  by  Major  Nathan  Gold.  Had  issue: 
23.  'Zechariah,  b.  Aug.  25th,  1694,  bapt.  June  23d,  1695.-24.  'Richard,  b.  Oct. 
20th,  1696,  bapt.  Oct.  2l8t,  1696.-25.  'Hannah,  b.  July  7th,  1698,  bapt.  July 
10th,  1698.— 26.  'Eleazor,  b.  Aug.  15th,  1700,  bapt.  Aug.  18ih,  1700.— 27.  'Na- 
thaniel,  b.  Aug.  Uth,  1702,  bapt.  Aug.  16th,  1702.-28.  'Margery,  b.  Jan.  17th, 
1704-5,  bapt.  Jan.  21st,  1704-5.— 29.  ''Abigail,  b.  Sept.  19th,  1709,  bapt.  Sept. 
23,  1709.  For  names  of  children  and  dates  of  their  birth,  see  "  Town  Records," 
in  Fairfield  Town  Clerk's  Oftice,  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

SO  to  40. 

5.  'Samuel  Hubbell,  Sr.,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  Nov. 
6th,  1657,  d.  Sept.  18th,  1713.  See  p.  38.  Son  of  1.  ^Richard,  m.  first,  Elizabeth 
Wilson,  April  4,  1687.  She  d.  Jan.  4th,  1688.  Had  issue:  30.  'Benoni,  b.  Dec. 
29th,  1687,  d.  Jan.  20th,  Hi88.  M.  second,  Temporeuce  Preston,  April  I7th,  1688, 
and  had  issue:  31.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Dec.  29th,  1688,  d.  Jan.  4th,  1688.— 32.  'Jchiol, 
b.  Jan.  27th,  1689,  d.  May  3,  1693.-33.  'Daniel,  b.  Aug.  8th,  1691.-34.  'Katha- 
rine, b.  March  11th,  1693,  d.  Dec.  19th,  1697.— 35.  'Ephraim,  b.  Oct.  11th,  1694.— 
36.  'Stephen,  b.  Feb.  16th,  1695,  bapt.  Feb.  17th,  1695-6.— 37.  'David,  b.  July  Ist, 
1698,  bapt.  July  3d,  1698.— 38.  'Abiel,  b.  Jan.  15th,  1699,  bapt.  Jan.  21st,  1699,  d. 
March  3d,  1699.-39.  'Tabitha,  b.  Dec.  24th,  1700,  bapU  Dec.  29th,  1700,  ra. 
James  Bennett,  Jr.— 40.  'Joseph,  b.  Oct.  29th,  1702,  bapt.  Nov.  Int,  1702.  See 
"  Stratfield  Society  Book,"  in  possession  of  Major  William  B.  Hincks,  Bridge- 
port, Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  for  names,  dates,  etc. 

41  to  46. 

6.  'Elizabeth  Hubbell,  born  1659,  daughter  of  1.  ^Richard,  m.  Joseph  Frost, 
of  Maximix,  lived  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  Had  issue:  41.  'Joseph. — 42. 'Ellen. — 
43.  'Abnor. — 44.  'Sarah.   M.  second,  Samuel  Hull,  and  had  issue :  45.  'CorDelius. — 


*  His  widow  married  Samuel  Hawlej. 

t  Samuel  Moreliou8«3  died  in  1687,  and  is  buri«  d  in  the  old  cemftery  in  Fairfleldf  Conn. 


ISSUE  OF  SECOND   GENERATION,  243 

46.  'Josiah.     See  "Wills  of  Joseph  Frost  and  Si\muel  Hull,"  Fairfield  Probate 
Court,  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  for  names  of  issue. 

47  to  48. 

7.  'Ebenezer  Hubbell,  of  New  London,  New  London  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn., 
d.  1698.  See  p.  43.  Son  of  1.  ^Richard,  m.  Mary,  daughter  of  Gabriel  Harris, 
and  had  issue:  47.  'Elizabeth,  b.  1693.— 48.  'Ebenezer,  b.  1695,  d.  1720,  without 
issue.     From   "  Caulkin's  History  of  New  London/'  p.  338. 

49  to  54. 

9.  *Martha  Hubbell,  daughter  of  1  ^Richard,  m.  Captain  John,  son  of  Rev. 
Samuel  Wakeman,  of  Christ  Church,  Fairfield,  Conn.,  April  24th,  1687,  and  lived 
in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  Had  issue  :  49.  'Eleanor,  b.  Aug.  24th,  1689.— 50.  'Ann,  b. 
Mar.  24th,  1692.— 51.  'Samuel,  b.  Feb.  24th,  1693.— 52.  'Elizabeth,  b.  June  1st, 
1695.— 53.  'Martha,  b.  Oct.  15th,  1702.— 54.  'John,  b.  Aug  29th,  1705.  See 
"  Records  of  Christ  Church,"  Fairfield,  Conn.;  also,  Will  of  Captain  John  Wake- 
man,  recorded  May  19th,  170-. 

55  to  61. 

10.  "Samuel  Hubbell,  Jr.,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn,  (see  p.  43), 
son  of  1  'Richard,  m.  Elizabeth,  and  renewed  their  covenant,  May  16th,  1695,  and 
bad  issue :  55.  'Hannah,  bapt.  May  19th,  1695.— 56.  'Nathan,  bapt.  Dec  3d,  1699, 
d.  Feb.  0th,  1761.-57.  'Eunice,  bapt.  Mar.  21st,  1703.— 58.  'Abigail,  bapt.  July 
15th,  1705.-59.  'Olive,  bapt.  Fob.  15th,  1707-8,  m.  Joseph  Bradley.— 60.  'David, 
bapt.  Sept.  2d,  1711,  m.  Martha.— 61.  'Samuel,  bapt.  May  30th,  1714.  See  Re- 
cords of  **  Congregational  Church,"  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

62  to  70. 

11.  'Abigail  Hubbell,  daughter  of  1  'Richard,  m.  Samuel  French,  and  lived 
in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  Had  issue:  62.  'Samuel.— 63.  'Gamaliel.— 64.  'Deborah, 
m.  Weed.— 65.  'Martha.— 66.  'Sarah,  m.  Mullett.— 67.  'Ebenezor.— 68.  'Abigail, 
m.  Bennett.— 69.  'Elizabeth,  m.  Slater.— 70.  'Thankful,  m.  Taylor.  See  Will  of 
Samuel  French,  "Fairfield  Probate  Court,"  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

71  to  75. 

12.  'Sarah  Hubbell,  daughter  of  1  ^Richard,  m.  Deacon  Josiah,  son  of  Wil- 
liam Stevens,  of  Killingworth,  June  25th,  1699.  He  was  b.  Dec.  8th,  1670,  d. 
May  15th,  1754.  She  died  Dec.  17th,  1726.  Hud  issue;  71.  'Josiah,  b.  Mar. 
25th,  1700.— 72.  'Daniel,  b.  Oct.  18th,  1701.— 73.  'Elnathan,  b.  April  13th,  1703, 
d.  Dec.  21t*t,  1774-6.— 74.  'Jerusha,  b.  Oct.  19th,  1704.-75.  'Nathaniel,  b.  1710. 
Deacon  Josiah  Stevens  m.  2d  Mercy  Hoadley,  July  11th,  1733,  who  d.  Aug.  18th, 
1639,  and  he  m.  3d  Ruth  (?).  This  Record  was  furnished  by  Lewis  H.  Stein er, 
M.  D.,  of  Guilford,  Conn. 

76  to  80. 

13.  'James  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1673,  d.  Oct., 
1777,  in  New  Milford,  Conn,  (see  p.  43),  son  of  1  ^Richard,  m.  Patience.     Had 


244  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

issue:  76.  'Andrew,  b.  June  22d,  1706,  bapt.  June  23d,  1706,  d.  1777.— 77.  'Abiah, 
b.  Aug.  11th,  1708,  bapl.  Sept.,  1708.— 78.  'Sarah,  b.  Sept.  12th,  1711,  bapt.  April 
6th,  1711.-79.  'Elnathan,  b.  Sept.  22d,  1717,  bapt.  Oct.  6th,  1717.— 80.  'Patience, 
b.  April  8th,  1722.  See  "Town  Records,"  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  and 
"Stratfield  Society  Book,"  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

81  to  83. 

15.  'John  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  April, 
1691,  d.  April  8th,  1774  (see  p.  45),  son  of  1  ^Richard,  m.  Anne  Welles,  Nov.  6tb, 
1711.  Had  issue:  81.  'Jerusha,  bapt.  June  14th,  1713. — 82.  'Benjamin,  b.  Jan., 
1717,  bapt.  Oct.  6th,  1717,  d.  Feb.  24th,  1793.— 83.  'John,  who  was  shot  and  killed 
by  his  brother,  Benjamin,  while  deer  hunting.  This  lamentable  event  is  said  to 
have  occurred  during  a  violent  snow  storm,  and  in  a  dense  wood,  near  the  spot 
now  occupied  by  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  in  the  City  of  Bridgeport, 
Conn. 

Issue  of  Third  Generation, 

84  to  91. 

17.  'Richard  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  Jan. 
25th,  1684,  d.  Nov.  27th,  1758  (see  p.  46),  son  of  2  *John,  m.  Abigail  Thompson, 
of  Now  Haven,  Conn.,  Dec.  11th,  1707.  Had  issue:  84.  *John,  b.  Feb.  20th, 
1709.— 85.  *Mary,  bapt.  April  3d,  1709.— 86.  *Abigail,m.  David  Hurd.— 87.  ♦Me- 
hitabel,  m.  David  Curtiss. — 88.  *Hannah,  bapt.  Jan  12th,  1717,  m.  E.  Smith. — 
89.  *Nathan,  b.  1719,  m.  Patty  Nichols,  and  d.  Mar.  27th,  1788,  no  issue. — 90. 
Timothy,  b.  1720,  d.  Feb.  11th,  1740.-91.  *William,who  was  accused  of  witchcraft. 

92  to  99. 

18.  'Josiah  Hubbell,  of  Stratficld,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b  1688,  d. 
1752  (see  p.  48),  son  of  2  'John,  m.  Martha  Uffoot,  June  18th,  1713.  Had  issue: 
92.  *Samuel,  b.  Feb.  23d,  1715-16.-93.  *Abiah,  b.  April  18th,  1718.— 94.  ♦Eliza- 
beth, m.  Willcoxsen. — 95.  *Hannah,  m.  Brindsmade. — 96.  *John,  b  1735  (?)  (see 
Records  too  late  for  classification). — 97.  *Ebcnezer,  b.  1726,  m.  Mary  Brooks, 
and  d.  1812.— 98.  *Josiah,  b.  1736  (?).— 99.  *Martha. 

100  to  113. 

19.  'Peter  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1686.  d. 
1780  (see  p.  49),  son  of  3*Richard,  ni.  1st  Katharine  Wheeler,  of  Stratfield  Par- 
ish, Fairfield  Co.  Conn.,  Jan.  19th,  1709,  in  "  Stratfield  Parish;"  she  d.  Mar.  16th, 
1742,  in  her  49th  year.  Had  issue:  100.  *Ephraim,  b.  Dec.  21st,  1712,  bapt. 
April  13th,  1713.— 101.  *Peter,  b.  April  15th,  1715.-102.  *Ezra,  b.  Feb.  28tL, 
1717.— 103.  *Sarah,  b.  Feb.  27th,  1719,  m.  Bryan.— 104  ♦Jedediah,  b.  Aug.  22d, 
1720.— 105.  *Matthew,  b.  Sept.  4th,  1723  (see  Abstracts  from  "Colonial  Records,' 
in  Appendix).— 106.  *Gideon,  b.  April  28th,  1726.-107.  *Comfort,  b.  Xov.  10th. 
1729.-108.  ♦Katharine,  b.  July,   1732.— 109.  'Enoch,  b.  Aug.   10th,   1735.— 110 


ISSUE  OF  THIRD  GENERATION.  245 

♦Silas,  b.  Feb.  24th,  1738  (about  midni^rbt) ;  M.  2d  Sarah,  who  d.  1780.  Had 
issue:  111.  *Rhoda,  b.  May  3l8t,  1745,  d.  Oct.  1746.— 112.  *Mary,  b.  Nov.  21st, 
1746,  bapt.  Nov.  23d,  1746,  m.  Beardslee.— 113.  *Phebe,  b.  Dec.  2lst,  1748,  bapt. 
Dec.  25tb,  1748,  d.  Feb.  Ist,  1756.    See  "Book  of  Births,"  in  Newtown,  Conn. 

114  to  116. 

20.  'Ebenezer  Hubbell,  of  Weston,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1687, 
d.  Mar.  6th,  1761,  buried  in  Easton,  Conn.,  in  the  old  cemetery,  son  of  3.  *Eichard, 
m.  Sarah,  she  d.  May  20th,  1788,  aged  93  yrs.,  buried  near  husband.  Had 
issue:  114.  *Ebenezer,  b.  1723,d  Mar.  21st,  1800, m.  Lydia  (?).— 115.  *Jeremiah, 
b.  Feb.  22d,  1725,  m.  Abigail. — 116.  *Abijah — (see  records  too  late  for  classifica- 
tion.) 

117  to  128. 

22.  'Jonathan  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1692 
d.  Sept.  6th,  1766  (see  p.  56),  son  of  3  'Richard,  m.  Peaceable  Silliman,Nov.  18th 

1713.     Had  issue:  117.  *Daniel.— 118.  *Ichabod,  b.   1721.— 119.  *Hichard 12o! 

^Hannah, m.  Samuel  Weed. — 121.  *Elizabeth,  m.  Benjamin  Weed. — 122,  Memima 

m.  Joseph  Smith. — 123.    ^Hephzibah,   m.   Daniel  Weller. — 124.  *Beulah. 125. 

*Ithamar. — 126.  *Kebecca,  m.  Samuel  Turner. — 127.  *Silliman. — 128.  *Joptha. 

See  settlement  of  estate  of  Jonathan  Hubbell,  now  on  file  in  Danbury  Probate 
Court. 

129  to  133. 

23.  'Zechariah  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co. 
Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1694,  son  of  3.  "Richard,  m.  Abigail  Bennett,  Jan.  26th  1714. 
Had  issue:  129.  *Phinea8,  b.  Oct.  30th,  1715.— 130.  *Mehitabel,  b.  Aug.'  19th, 
1717.— 131.  *Hannah,  b.  Doc.  1720.— 132.  *Lewis,  bapt.  Mar.  17th,  1733.— .133! 
*Glorianna,  bapt.  Nov.  28th,  1736.  See  *«  Stratfield  Society  Book,"  Bridgeport, 
Fairfield  Co ,  Conn. 

134:  to  141. 

24.  'Richard  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield  Parish,  Town  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co. 
Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1696,  d.  June  26th,  1787  («ee  p.  58),  son  of  3.  'Richard,  m! 
Penelope  Fayerweather,  Doc.  9th,  1725,  she  was  b.  1704,  d.  Aug.  29th,  1791.  Had 
issue:  134.  ^Benjamin,  b.  May  11th,  1726, d.  Sept.  17th,  1788.— 135.  *He2ekiah,  b. 
Feb.  24th,  1728.-136.  *Christopher,  b.  July  6th,  1729.-137.  ♦Penelope,  b.  July  22d,' 
1732,  bapt.  July  30th,  1732.-138.  *Grizzel,  b.  Aug.  12th,  1733,  bapt.  Oct.  20th,  1734, 
m.  Edward  Burroughs.- 139.  *Walter,  bapt.  Nov.  14th,  1736.— 140.  *Richard,  b. 
1742.-141.  *Amos,  b.  Dec.  3d,  1746.  See  'Book  of  Births  and  Deaths,*'  Town 
Clerk's  Office,  Fairfield,  Conn. 

142  to  144. 

26.  'Eleazer  Hubbell,  (Captain,)  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1700, 
d.  Sept.^  3d,  1770  (see  p.  60),  son  of  3.  'Richard,  m.  Abigail  Burr,  May  25th, 
1727,  she  was  b.  Mar.   13th,  1701,  d.  Apr.  6th,  1780.     Had  issue:  142.  *Mary,  b. 


246  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAM/LV. 

June  18th,  1736,  in  Willington,  Conn.— 143.  *Eleazer,  b.  Feb.  14th,  1739,  in 
Newtown,  Conn. — 144.  *Denni8,  b.  Feb.  5th,  1743,  in  New  Fairfield,  Conn.,  m. 
Katharine. 

14S  to  152. 

27.  'Nathaniel  Hubbell,  of  Lebanon,  Hunterdon  Co.,  N.  J.,  b.  1702,  d.  1761 
(see  p.  62),  son  of  3.  'Richard,  was  m.  to  Esther  Mix,  of  New  Haven,  Conn.,  Mar. 
6,  1721-2,  by  Samuel  Bishop,  Justice  of  the  Peace.*  Had  issue:  145.  ^Abijah. — 
146.  *Ezekiah.— 147.  ^Nathaniel,  lived  in  Cape  May  Co.,  N.  J.,  d.  1802.— 148. 
*Asa,  lived  in  Middlesex  Co.,  N.  J.,  d.  1783.— 149.  *Lois.— 150.  ^Esther.- 151. 
*Mary.— 152.  ^Susanna.  M.  2d,  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Marsh.  Her  Will  was 
admitted  to  probate  Dec.  24th,  1779.  She  resided  in  Elizabeth,  Essex  Co.,  N. 
J.     See  "  Will  of  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hubbell,"  State  Department,  Trenton,  N.  J. 

153  to  161. 

33.  'Daniel  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1691. 
d.  Dec.  11th,  1735  (see  p.  63),  son  of  5.  'Samuel,  m.  Esther  Beach,  May  17th, 
1716.  Had  issue:  153.  *Mehitabel,  b.  Sept.  26th,  1717,  d.  Oct.  12th,  1717.— 
154.  *Hannah,  b.  Aug.  30th,  1718,  d.  Sept.  20th,  1718.— 155.  *Mary,  b.  Jan.  13th, 
1719.-156.  *Tabitha,  b.  Oct.  22d,  1722.— 157.  *Daniel,  b.  Aug.  22d,  1724,  d. 
Mar.  4th,  1801.-158.  *Abiah,  b.  Mar,  22d,  1726.-159.  *Abel,  b.  May  30th,  1728, 
d.  aged  103  yrs.  6  raos.  and  26  dys.— 160.  ♦Gershom,  b.  June  19th,  1729,  d.  Dec. 
10th,  1729.-161.  *Gideon,  b.  Nov.  18th,  1731,  bapt.  Nov.  21st,  1731,  probably 
married  Anna  (?),  and  d.  in  1802.  See  "  Stratfield  Society  Book,"  Bridgeport, 
Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

162  to  170. 

35.  *Ephriam  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield  Parish,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b. 
1694,  d.Nov.  4th,  1780,  son  of  5.  *Samuel,  m.  Abigail  Bradley,  Oct.  17th,  1717,  she 
was  b.  July,  1695,  d.  Apr.  22d,  1772.  Had  issue :  162.  *Samuel,  b.  Oct.  2d,  1718,  d. 
Sept.  4ih  1757.— 163.  *Jehiel,  b.  Nov.  22d,  1719.-164.  ^Katharine,  b.  Jan.  25th, 
1722,  d.  Dec.  30th,  1760.— 165.  *Ezbon,  b.  Aug.  15th,  1724.  Lived  in  Kent, 
Conn.,  m.  1st,  Mary  Bronson,  Mar.  22d,  1797,  she  d.  Feb.  19th,  1810,  aged  49 
yrs;  m.  2d,  Mrs.  Ruth  Saunders,  Nov.  16th,  1814.  His  Will  is  dated  May  1st, 
1822.— 166.  *Mehitabel,  b.  Oct  14th,  1726.-167.  *Ephriam,  b.  Feb.  20th,  1728,  d. 
Oct.  15th,  1779.— 168.  *Jedediah,  b.  July  16th,  1731.-169.  ^Abigail,  b.  Sept., 
1735,  bapt.  Sept.  28th,  1735,  d.  Apr.  18th,  1788.-170.  *Abijah,  b.  Feb.  1st,  1739. 
See  "Stratfield  Society  Book,"  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

171  to  174. 

36.  'Stephen  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b. 
1695-6,  d.  April  20th,  1792  (see  p.  66),  son  of  5.  'Samuel,  m.  Abigail  Squire,  Jan. 


«  Copied  by  J.  J.  S.  Doherty,  M.D.,  Registrar  of  Viul  Statistics,  Xew  Haren,  Conoectleat,  and  aeot  to  the 
Author. 


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10th,  1720,  she  d.  Oct.  Ist,  1777,  aged  84  yrs.  Had  issue;  171.  *^ehemiah,  b. 
May  19th,  1722.— 172.  *Jabez.— 173.  ^Gershom,  d.  before  his  father.  M. 
2d,  Rebecca.  Had  issue:  174.  *Rebecca,  bapt.  July  4th,  1736,  d.  Nov.  9th, 
1754.    See  "  Stratfield  Society  Book,"  Bridgeport,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn. 

175  to  177. 

37.  'David  Hubbell,  b.  1698,  d.  1753,  son  of  5.  'Samuel,  m.  and  had  issue: 
175.  *David,  bapt.  Aug.  6th,  1732.— 176.  ^Temperance,  bapt.  Mar.  3d,  1733.— 177. 
*Seth,  bapt.  May,  1736. 

178  and  179. 

40.  'Joseph  Hubbell,  b.  1702,  d.  May,  1777,  son  of  5  'Samuel,  m.  Keziah  (?). 
Had  issue :  178.  *Keziah  (?).— 179.  ♦Onesiraus,  bapt.  July  30th,  1732,  d.  Dec, 
1754. 

180  to  191. 

56.  'Nathan  Hubbell,  of  Norwalk,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1699, 
d.  Feb.  6th,  1761  (see  p.  67),  son  of  10  "Samuel,  m.  Martha  Finch,  Dec.  5th  (or 
30th),  1723,;  she  was  b.  Jan.  24th,  1701,  and  d.  Dec.  1st,  1755.  Had  issue: 
180.  ^Elizabeth,  b.  Nov.  11th,  1724,  m.  Gilbert.— 181.  *Thaddous,  b.  Mar.  12th, 
1725.— 182.  *Nathan,  b.  April  26th  1727.— 183.  *Gershom,  b.  July  17th,  1729.— 
184.  *Martha,  b.  June  18th,  1731,  m.  Daniel  Patchin  on  Aug.  9th,  1749.-185. 
*Sarah,  b.  Dec.  lOth,  1732,  d.  May  28lh,  1737.— 186.  *John,  b.  Aug.  10th,  1734.— 
187.  ♦Abijah,  b.  May  13th,  1736,  d.  Sept.,  1760.— 188.  *Sarah,  b.  April  28th, 
1738.-189.  *Mary,  b.  April  14th,  1740,  m.  Bates.- 190.  *Peter,  b.  April  10th, 
1743.-191.  ^Abraham,  b.  Jan.  26th,  1744.  See  »*  Records  of  Congregational 
Church,*'  Greenfield,  Fairfield,  Conn. 

192  to  196. 

59.  'Olive  Hubbell,  b.  1707-8,  daughter  of  10  "Samuel,  m.  Joseph  Bradley 
June  20th,  1724*  at  his  homestead,  on  the  Aspetuck  River,  near  Saugatuck, 
Conn,  (now  Westport,  1881);  d.  1774.  Had  issue:  192.  *Nathan,  settled 
in  Saugatuck,  Conn.  (Westport). — 193.  *Ma88ini8sa,  emigrated  to  Central  New 
York. — 194.  *Benjamin,  was  a  Tory,  and  d.  in  the  Revolution. — 195.  *Joseph,  b. 
Oct.  19th,  1746.-196.  *Ruth,  m.  Treadwell,  of  Fairfield,  Conn. 

197  to  202. 

60.  'David  Hubbell,  b.  1711,  son  of  10  'Samuel,  m.  Martha,  and  renewed  the 
covenant  at  Christ  Church,  Fairfield,  Conn.,  Mar.  18th,  1739.  Had  issue:  197. 
*Jabez,  bapt.  Mar.  18th,  1739,  probably  d.  young. — 198.  *Sarah,  bapt.  Mar.  18th, 
1739.— 199.  *Aaron,  bapt.  Dec,  1741.-200.  *Bbenezer,  bapt.  Nov.  18th,  1744.— 
201.  *David,  bapt.  Nov.  20th,  1748.-202.  *Jabez,  bapt.  Nov.  11th,  1753.  Copied 
from  '* Records  of  Christ  Chyrch,"  Fairfield,  Conn.,  by  Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hub- 
bell Schenck,  of  Southport,  Conn. 


•  "  stratfield  Parish  Record."  (?) 


248  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

203  to  207. 

61.  'Samuel  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1714,  d.  1784,  son 
of  10  »Samuel  (?),  m.  Ist  Elizabeth  (?),  who  was  b.  1724,  and  2d  Martha  Booth, 
in  1741  (?).  Had  issue :  203.  *Saniuel,  b.  June  10th,  1754.— 204.  ^Elizabeth,  m.  John 
Uffoot,  and  d.  1800.— 205.  ♦Sarah,  m.  Elisha  De  Forrest,  and  d.  1820.— 206.  *Mar- 
tha,  in.  Samuel  Lampson,  and  d.  1823. — 207.  ♦Eunice,  m.  Judson  Burton,  and  d. 
1727. 

208  to  221. 

73.  *Elnathan  Stevens,  of  Connecticut,  b.  1703,  d.  1774-6,  son  of  12»Sarah, 
m.  Mary  Hull,  Feb.  15th,  1727-8;  she  d.  Feb.  6th,  1787.  Had  issue:  208. 
•Mary,  b.  Nov.  3d,  1728.  d.  Dee.  9th,  1728.— 209.  ♦Elnathan,  b.  Jan.  28th.  1730-1, 
d.  Feb.  28th,  1791.-210.  ♦John,  b.  Jan.  8tb,  1731-32,  d.  Feb.  17th,  1731-32.— 
211.  ♦John,  b.  May  7th,  1733,  d.  Aug.  14th,  1752—212.  ♦Hubbell,  b.  Mar.  23d, 
1735.-213.  ♦Osborne,  b.  Mar.  23d,  1735,  d.  Dec.  13th,  1819.-214.  ♦fliel,  b.  Mar. 
22d,  1737,  d.  Mar.  7th,  1784.— 215.  ♦Jared,  b.  Feb.  8th,  1739,  d.  Mar.  14th,  1814.— 
216.  ♦Jonas,  b.  Jan.  6th,  1741,  d.  Feb.  22d,  1801.-217.  ♦Mary,  b.  June  9th,  1743. 
m.  Joseph  Bennett,  of  Weston,  Conn.,  »nd  d.  April,  1827. — 218.  ♦Martha,  b.  Mar. 
20th,  1745,  d.  April  24tb,  1752.-219.  ♦Lydia,  b.  May  4th,  1747,  d.  July  9lb, 
1747.— 220.  ♦Lydia,  b.  Juno  27th,  1748,  m.  Jonathan  Bobbins,  of  Westerfield.— 
221.  ♦Jeremiah,  b,  Dec.  12th,  1751,  d.  May  30th,  1835.  Record  furnished  by 
Lewis  H.  Steiner,  M.  D.,  Guilford,  Conn. 

222  to  234. 

76.  'Andrew  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  1706, 
d.  1777  (see  p.  68),  son  ot  13 'James,  m.  Sarah;  she  d.  July  20th,  1736.  Had 
issue:  222.  ♦Elijah,  b.  May  9lh,  1727.— 223.  ♦Jerusha,  b.  May  19th,  1729,  m.  See- 
ley.— 224.  ♦Parnach,  b.  Jan.  22d,  1730.-225.  ♦Hannah,  b.  Nov.  12th,  1732,  bapt. 
Nov.  26th,  1732,  m.  Beers,  and  d.  before  1777.-226.  ♦Sarah,  b.  Aug.  5th,  1734, 
bapt.  Sept.  8th,  1734.  M.  2d  Mary  Welles,  on  Dec.  2d,  1736;  she  was  b.  in  1714. 
Had  issue:  227.  ♦Gideon,  b.  Oct.  6th,  1737.-228.  ♦James,  b.  Nov.  6th,  1738.— 
220.  ♦Andrew,  b.  Feb.  7th,  1740.— 230.  ♦Sarah,  b.  Nov.  18th,  1741.— 231.  ♦Mat- 
thew, b.  April  17th,  1745.-232.  ♦Abiah,  m.  Woodcock.— 233.  ♦Mary,  m.  North- 
rup. — 234.  ♦Rhoda,  m.  Bennett.     See  *'  Stratford  Town  Becords." 

23S  to  244b. 

79.  'Elnathan  Hubbell,  of  Bennington,  Bennington  Co.,  Vt.,  b.  1717,  d.  July 
21st,  1788  (see  p.  70),  son  of  13  'James,  m.  Mehitable  Sherwood,;  she  d.  Sept^ 
1770,  aged  51  years.  Had  issue:  235.  ♦Elnathan,  b.  Jan.  26th,  1742,  in  Strat- 
ford, Conn.— 236.  ♦Bildad,  m.  Polly  (?),  perhaps  before  1793.-237.  ♦Almon  (?).— 
238.  ♦Dewey  (?).— 239.  ♦Huldah,  b.  1752,  m.  John  SStewart,  and  d.  Aug.  24th,  1747, 
in  Middlebury,  Yt.— 240.  ♦Aaron,  b.  Sept.  14th,  1757,  in  Stratford,  Conn.— 241. 
♦William  i,?>--242.  ♦Lemuel,  b.  Aug.  2d,  1755,  in  Stratford,  Conn.— 243.  ♦Cynthia 
(?^  _244.  ♦Experience  (?;.— 244/f.  ♦Almerin,  lived  in  Bern,  Otsego  Cq.,  X.  Y.,  in 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION.  249 

1809,  and  moved  to  Springfield,  Otsego  Co.,  N.  Y.,  in  1811  (see  Records  too  late 
for  classification). — 244b.  *James  (?). 

24S  and  246. 

82.  'Benjamin  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1717,  d.  Feb. 
24th,  1793,  son  of  15  *John,  m.  Mary  Porter;  she  was  b.  July,  1721,  and  d.  Aug. 
29th,  1813.  Had  issue:  245.  *John,  b.  Feb.,  1745.— 246.  *Anna,  b.  1747,  d.  May 
9th,  1770. 

Issvs  of  Fourth  Genei'cUion. 

247  to  255. 

84.  *John  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  (Huntington  White 
Hills),  b.  1709,  d.  May  7th,  1782  (see  p.  69),  son  of  17  'Richard,  m.  Hannah, 
daughter  of  Robert  Wheeler,  of  Stratford,  Conn.;  she  was  b.  1719,  and  d.  Nov. 
2d,  1797.  Had  issue:  247.  "^Timothy,  d.  Jan  12th,  1808.— 248.  ^Richard.— 249. 
*Gideon.— 250.  *John,  b.  1751.— 251.  ^Elisha.- 252.  *Ann,  m.  Zachariah  Bostwick, 
of  New  Milford,  Conn. — 253.  ^Hannah,  m.  Samuel  Patterson. — ^254.  ^Abigail. — 
255.  *Sarah. 

256  to  266. 

85.  *Mary  Hubbell,  daughter  of  17.  'Richard,  m.  Daniel,  son  of  Daniel 
Shelton,  Sr.,  of  Ripton  Parish,  Stratford,  Conn.,  Aug.  12th,  1727,  in  Old  Strat- 
ford, Conn.,  he  was  born  July  21st,  1700,  d.  1773,  his  Will  was  proved  Aug.  2d, 
1773.  Had  issue:  256.  *John,  b.  July  18th,  1729,  m.  Mary  Weakley.— 257. 
'^Mary,  bapt.  Feb.  11th,  1733,  m.  Blackleach.— 258.  "^Nathan,  bapt.  Jan.  26th, 
1735,  m.  Abigail  Weakley.- 259.  '^Daniel,  bapt.  Apr.  22d,  1736,  d.  before  1773.— 
260.  *Abijah,  bapt.  Jan.  12th,  1738,  m.  Ruth  Weakley.— 261.  "^Sarah,  bapt.  Nov. 
9th,  1739,  m.  Hawley.— 262.  *Mehitabel,  bapt.  Feb.  8th,  1741,  m.  Shelton.— 263. 
^Phebe,  bapt.  Oct.  27th,  1745,  m.  Nichols.— 264.  *Mary,  bapt.  July  12th,  1747, 
m.  Curtiss. — 265.  *Annah,  m.  Nichols. — 265.  *Ebenezer. 

267  to  269. 

97.  *Ebenezer  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1726,  d.  1812, 
son  of  18.  'Josiah,  m.  Mary,  daughter  of  Benjamin  Brooks,  of  Stratford,  Conn., 
she  was  bapt  Oct.  13th,  1723,  d.  Sept.  18th,  1790,  aged  67  yrs.  Had  issue :  267. 
^ilas. — 268.  ^Lemuel,  b.  Jan.  31st,  1733,  d.  18  yrs.  and  3  mos.  (froze  to  death.) 
— 269.  *Aner,  m.  Ebenezer  Howe,  d.  Oct.  20th,  1803,  aged  47  yrs.  and  6  mos. 

270  to  272. 

98.  ♦Josiah  Hubbell,  of  "  Old  Mill  Hill,"  (or  Hubbell's  Hill),  Stratford, 
Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1736  (?),  d.  Aug.  26th,  1795  (?),  son  of  18.  *Josiah,  m.  Ist, 
Sarah  Edwards,  Apr.  30th,  1760,  she  d.  Mar.  9th,  1790,  agod  56  yrs.  Had  issue: 
270.  *Isaac,  b.  Aug.  22d,  176t.— 271.  'Charity,  b.  June  3d,  1766,  m.  390.  *Jool 
Hubbell. — M.  2d,  Katharine  Curtiss.  Had  issue :  272.  ^Curtiss,  b.  Mar.  10th, 
1795. 

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250  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

273  to  283. 

100.  *Ephraim  Hubbell,  of  Sherman,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1712,  d.  Dec. 
17th,  1795,  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  to  Johannah  Gaylord,  of  New  Milford,  Conn., 
Dec.  25th,  1735,  bj*  Daniel  Bowman  (Pastor),  in  Newtown,  Conn.  (She  died 
May  17th,  1<81,  aged  64  yrs.)  (M.  2d,  Alice  Hatch)  Had  issue:  273. 
•William  Gaylord,  b.  Aug.  Slst,  1736,  in  Newtown,  Conn. — 274.  'Amos. — 275. 
'Katharine,  m.  John  Cowdry,  d.  Sept.  9th,  1806,  aged  57  yrs. — 276.  'Marcia,  m. 
Major  Isaac  Talman,  and  d.  May  14th,  1779,  aged  25  yrs.  See  records,  too  late  for 
classification. — 277.  *Phebe,  m.  John  H.  Baell. — 278.  'Ephriam,  m.  Sarah. — 279. 
'Nathan  Chauncey,  d.  Jane  6th,  1770,  aged  27  yrs. — 280.  'Shadruch.  See  records 
too  late  for  classification.— 281.  'Gideon.— 282.  'Dennis.— 283.  'Levi,  d.  Deo. 
12th,  1773,  aged  26  yrs.  Ephriam  Hubbell,  (b.  1712,)  was  the  first  deacon  of  the 
First  Congregational  Church,  in  Sherman,  Conn.  His  Will  was  dated  Mar. 
23d,  1787,  (see  New  MiHord  Conn.  Probate  Records,  Vol.  II.  p.  26H,)  and  was  ad- 
mitted to  probate  in  Apr.  1796.     He  left  an  estate  valued  at  £2,952.10.0. 

284  to  293. 

101.  *Peter  Hubbell,*  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  (Lived  in  New 
Milford,  Cunn.,  after  1760,  and  probabl}'  died  there.)  b.  1715,  son  of  19.  'Peter, 
m.  Hephzibah  Had  issue:  284.  'Sarah,  b.  July  27th,  1738.— 285.  »Shadrach,  b. 
July  22(1,  1740.— 286.  'Clement,  b.  Sept.  21st,  1742,  d.  Aug.  12th,  1743.— 287. 
'John,  b.  June  10th,  1746.— 288.  'Hephzibah,  b.  Jan.  23d,  1748,  bapt.  Apr.  9th, 
1748.— 289.  'Clement,  b.  June  3d,  1752,  bapt.  July  26th,  1752.-290.  'Patience, 
b.  Apr.  nth,  1757.— 291.  'Peter,  b.  May  Ist,  1760.— 292.  'Nameless.- 293. 
'Nameless. 

294. 

102.  *Ezra  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Faii-field  Co.,  Conn.  (Was  a  Captain), 
b.  1717,  son  of  19.  *Peter,  m.  and  had  issue:  294.  'Katharine. 

295  to  303. 

104.  *Jedodiah  Hubbell,  of  Lanesborough,  Berkshire  Co.,  Mass.,  b.  1720,  d. 
1819  (see  p.  71),  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  Abigail  Northrup,  in  Newtown,  Conn.,  on 
Aug.  20th,  1748.  Had  issue:  295.  'David,  b.  in  Newtown,  Conn.— 296.  'Lewis, 
b.  in  Newton,  Conn.,  who  was  a  Loyalist  and  lived  in  Canada  during  the  Revolu- 
tion.— 297.  'Betsey,  m.  a  British  oflScer  and  settled  in  Williamstown,  Mas^.  (?) — 
298.  'Abigail,  b.  in  Wood  bur}'.  Conn.,  m.  Toucey,  of  Lanesborough,  Mass.  See 
records  too  late  for  classification.  M.  2d,  Susannah  Hickok,  of  Pittsfield. 
Mass.,  Oct.  18th,  1759.  Had  iesue:  299.  'Mary,  b.  in  Woodbury,  Conn.,  m. 
Dor  win.  See  records  too  late  for  classification. — 300.  'Freelove,  b.  in  Wood- 
bury, Conn.,  m.  Samuel  Graves,  of  Conn. — 301.  'Anna,  b.  in  Woodbury,  Conn., 


•  It  iM  supposed  that  101  Peter  Hubbell's  cbildren,  or  home  of  theui,  wen-  liorn  io  Newton,  or  Newtovn,  Tol- 
land (oiiiif  y,  Cuniiecticut,  but  I  have  not  found  u  luwn  so  called. 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION,  251 

d.  young. — 302.  ^Benjamin,  b.  in  Woodbury,  Conn.,  wbo  was  living  in  Canada 
when  the  Revolution  commenced.  He  refused  to  take  the  oath  of  allegiance  to 
the  Crown.  Returned  to  the  colonies  after  his  property  had  been  confiscated, 
and  settled  in  Vermont. — 303.  *Hickok,  b.  1761,  in  Woodbury,  Conn.  M. 
3d,  Miss  Mary  Hulbert,  of  Woodbury,  Conn.,  who  d.  aged  75  yrs.  M. 
4th,  Miss  Eunice  Johnson,  of  Middletown,  Conn.,  Nov.  20th,  1782,  she  died  in 
1806,  aged  75  yrs.  M.  5th,  Mrs.  Chloe  Beraen,  of  Wothersfield,  Conn., 
who  d.  in  1821,  aged  85  yrs.  He  ra.  his  fifth  wife  when  87  yrs.  of  age,  and 
lived  with  her  twelve  years,  dying  aged  99  yrs. 

304  to  310. 

105.  *Mtttthew  Hubbell,  of  Lanesborough,  Berkshire  Co.,  Mass.,  moved 
there  from  Woodbury,  Conn.,  about  1770,  b.  1723,  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  Abigail 
Hawley,*  Dec.  6th,  1743.  Had  issue :  304.  *Ann,  bapt.  Sept.  18th,  1744,  in  New- 
town, Conn. — 305.  *Annah,  bapt.  Dec.  28th,  1746,  in  Newtown,  Conn. — 306. 
*Silas.  Supposed  to  have  died  in  the  Revolution. — 307.  ^Wolcott,  b.  1754,  in 
Woodbury,  Conn.— 308.  ^Matthew,  b.  1762.— 309.  *Sarah.— 310.  *Calvin.  b.  Oct. 
29th,  1764. 

311  to  321. 

107.  *Comfort  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1729,  d.  1797 
(see  p.  75),  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  Susannah  Baxton,  Apr.  4th,  1774,  she  d. 
Apr.  8th,  1775,  in  South  Britain,  Conn  .;  was  probably  his  second  wife.  Was  m. 
to  Susannah  Baxter,  Sept.  18th,  1783.  Had  issue:  311.  •Mansfield.— 312.  *Bph- 
raim,  b.  1776.— 313.  ^Comfort,  b.  1785.— 314.  *Aner,  m.  Isaac  Hatch.— 315* 
*Nancy,  m.  Sylvanus  Stuart.— 316.  *Vernon,  b.  1788.-317.  *Ruth.— 318.  *Levi 
Cogswell,  b.  1774,  d.  Feb.  23d,  1798.— 319.  *Lewis.— 320.  *John.— 321.  *Anson. 

322  to  328. 

108.  ^Katharine  Hubbell.  b.  1732,  daughter  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  William  Birch, 
Sept.  27th,  1750,  in  Newtown,  Conn.  Had  issue:  322.  *Ezra,  b.  June  28th, 
1751.— 323.  *Nehemiah,  b.  Feb.  11th,  1753.— 324.  *Sarah,  b.  Oct.  13th,  1755.— 
325.  'Delight,  b.  Nov.  14th,  1759.— 326.  'Katharine,  b.  Aug.  11th,  1762.— 327. 
'William,  b.  Oct.  16th,  1766.— 328.  'Lamson,  b.  Oct.  15th,  1771.  All  born  in 
Newtown,  Conn. 

329  to  339. 

109.  *Enoch  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1735,  d.  Oct.  Sd^ 
1827,  at  Hubbell  Hill,  Delaware  Co.,  N.  Y.,  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  Sarah.  Had 
issue :  329.  'David,  bapt.  Mar.  23d,  1755.  See  Records  too  late  for  classification. 
—330.  'Mercy,  bapt.  Oct.  9th,  1760.— 331.  'Khoda,  bapt.  July  4th,  1762.— 332* 
'Ezra,  bapt.  July  4th,  1762.— 333.  'Nathan,  bapt.  Juno  17th,  1764.-334.  'Molly, 
bapt.  July  13th,  1766.— 335.  'Jeptha,  bapt.  Feb.  3d,  1767.— 336.  'Joseph,  b.  1768. 


•  Perhaps  Abinh  Hawley. 


252  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY, 

(No  record  of  his  baptism.) — 337.  *Loveland,  bapt.  April  8th,  1770. — 338.  *Sarah, 
bapt.  June  Uth,  1772. — 339.  *Matthew,  bapt.  Aug.  Slst,  1774.  All  born  in  New- 
town, Conn.     Copied  from  Xewtown  Records. 

340  to  348. 

110.  *Sila8  Hubbell,  of  Montgomery,  Hampden  Co.,  Mass.,  b.  1738,  d.  Aug. 
27th,  1805,  in  Norwich,  Mass.  (see  p.  79),  son  of  19.  'Peter,  m.  1st,  Elizabeth 
Edmond,  June  16th,  1763,  in  Southbury,  Conn.,  she  died  July  7th,  1783,  in  her 
41st  ^T.  Had  issue :  340.  'Elizabeth,  m.  Lemuel  Mallory,  and  lived  at  Par- 
tridge Island,  Hancock  Towship,  N.  Y.,  afterwards  moved  to  Indiana. — 340a. 
Prudence,  m.  Truman  Mallory. — 341.  Olive,  m.  Lindsey,  of  Mass. — 342.  Eph- 
raim,  bapt.  in  South  Britain,  Conn.,  Sept.  2d,  1770,  d.  young. — 343.  Silas; 
b.  in  Newt<jwn,  Conn.,  Feb.  22d,  1722,  bapt.  April  12,  1772.— 344.  George  Wash- 
ington,  b.  June  11th,  1775. — 345.  Edmond,  b.  1779.  See  Records  too  late  for 
classification.  M.  2d,  Mrs.  Hannah  Wheeler,  widow  (nee  French)  in  1785, 
she  was  sister  (or  neice)  of  William  French,  of  Massachusetts,  a  Revolutionary 
hero  who  died  in  Dnadilla,  N.  Y.,  aged  104  years,  she  died  1797-8,  in  Unadilla, 
N.  Y.,  and  is  buried  there,  on  the  Susquehanna  river. — 346.  Wheeler. — 347. 
Truman  Mallory,  b.  Sept.  19th,  1788,  in  Montgomery,  Hampden  Co.,  Mass. — 348. 
Richard  A.,  d.  in  Deposit,  Delaware  Co.,  N.  Y.,  before  1850.  Mrs.  Hannah 
(Wheeler)  Hubbell  had  six  children  by  her  husband,  Wheeler.  Their  names 
were :  Ebenezer,  James,  William,  Joseph,  John,  and  Hannah  Wheeler.  (Hannah 
Wheeler  m.  Daniel  Gates.)  It  is  probable  that  they  were  all  bom  in  Mass. 
Several  of  them  settled  in  Delaware  Co.,  N.  Y.,  where  they  were  engaged 
largely  in  the  lumber  trade.  Someof  their  descendants  arc  now  (1881)  residing 
in  Deposit,  Delaware  Co.,  N.  Y. 

349. 

114.  *Ebenezer  Hubbell,  of  Weston,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1723,  d.  Mar. 
21st,  1800,  is  buried  in  Tashua  District,  town  of  Trumbull,  Conn.,  son  of  20. 
•Ebenezer,  m.  Lydia  (?).  Had  issue :  349.  *Seth,  who  m.  Ist,  Lois  Jackson,  and 
m.  2d,  Mrs.  Lucy  (Beardslee)  Hubbell,  widow  of  249.  *Gidoon  Hubbell. 

350 14>  357. 

115.  Moremiah  Hubbell,  of  Monroe,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1725,  d.  Feb.  9th, 
1801,  son  of  20.  *Ebenezer,  m.  Abigail  Wakelee,  Dec.  13th,  1750,  she  was  b. 
April  Uth,  1725,  d.  Jan.  27th,  1890.  Had  issue  :  350.  ^Jeremiah,  b.  Oct.  1751,  d. 
April  nth,  1777.— 351.  ^Patience,  b.  June  9th,  1753,  d.  June  30th,  1753.— 352. 
*Kathan,  b.  Aug.  10th,  1755.— 353.  ^Benjamin,  b.  April  Uth,  1759,  d.  Dec.  12th, 
1770.— 354.  ^Ebenezer,  b.  Jan.  29th,  1763,  d.  Aug.  15th,  1767.— 355.  *Abigail,  b. 
Nov.  19th,  1764,  m.  Samuel  Hall.— 356.  »Sarah,  b.  June  22d,  1770.— 357.  *Benja- 
min  Ebenezer,  b.  Nov.  25th,  1772. 

358. 

118.  ^Ichabod  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  t?.  1721,  d.  May 
23d,  l^^OS,  son  of  22.  ^Jonathan,  m.  and  had  issue:  358.  'Rebecca,  bapt.  Aug.  3d, 
1747. 


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369  to  362. 

119.  ^Richard  Hubbell,  of  Waterbury,  New  Haven  Co.,  Conn.,  d.  1777,  sod 
of  22.  'Jonathan,  m.  Jedidah  Skidmur,  Nov.  30th,  1749,  in  Newtown,  Conn. 
Had  issue:  359.  *Darius,  b.  .Oct.  7th,  1750,  in  Nowtown,  Conn. — 360.  *A»her, 
b.  Sept.  20th,  1752,  in  Nowtown,  Conn. — 361.  ^Eunice.— 362.  ^Patience,  m. 
Blen. 

363  to  366. 

124.  ^Beulah  Hubbell,  daughter  of  22.  'Jonathan,  m.  1st,  Lieutenant  John 
Griffin,  of  Newtown,  Conn.,  Dec.  18th,  1754,  he  d.  May  5th,  1777.  Had  issue  : 
363.  ^Amoa,  b.  Aug.  I2th,  1755,  in  Newtown,  Conn.,  m.  Susanna  Foote,  d.  July 
12th,  1791.— 364.  '^floth,  b.  Nov.  8th,  1758,  in  Newtown,  Conn.— 365.  *Sebell,  b. 
May  25th,  1762,  in  Newtown,  Conn.,  d.  Dec.  4th,  1762.— 366.  'Samuel,  b.  1765,  d. 
Feb.  11th,  1791.     M.  2d,  Enoch  Lacy,  of  New  York. 

367  to  369. 

127.  Silliman  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  d.  Mar.  18th,  1765 
in  Newtown,  Conn.,  son  of  22.  Jonathan,  m.  Ellen  Wood,  Dec.  8th,  1760.  Had 
issue:  367.  *Ann,  b.  May  23d,  1761,  bapt.  July  26th,  1761.-368.  'Lemuel,  b. 
May  2, 1763,  bapt.  June  4th,  1763.  Probably  died  in  Newtown,  Conn.,  in  1783. 
—369.  'Silliman,  b.  Nov.  1st,  1765. 

370  to  380. 

128.  *Jeptha  Hubbell,  of  Newtown,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  Was  a  soldier  in 
the  French  war,  also  in  the  Revolution  ;  d.  in  1794,  son  of  22.  'Jonathan,  m. 
Experience  Prindle,  May  30th,  1757.  Had  issue :  370.  'Peaceable,  l?apt.  Dec. 
18th,  1757. — 371.  *Ammon,  bapt.  Oct.  14th,  1759.  Was  in  the  British  array 
under  Colonel  Ludlow ;  settled  in  New  Brunswick  in  1783,  and  died  at  Burton, 
in  that  Province  in  1848.  It  is  said  he  left  descendants.  (See  *'  Royalists  of  the 
American  Revolution."  Vol.  I,  p.  552.)— 372.  'Sarah,  bapt.  April  3d,  1763,  m. 
Eleazer  Starr.  373.  'Nathan,  bapt.  April  12th,  1765.— 374.  'Silliman,  b.  1764, 
bapt.  Aug.  4th,  1765.— 375.  'Andrew,  b.  Dec.  25th,  1779.— 376.  'Anna.— 377. 
'Prindle,  settled  in  Detroit,  Mich.,  in  1780. — 379.  'Susanna,  m.  John  Lake. — 379. 
'Polly,  ra.  Hoyt  Dibble. — 380.  'Hephzibah,  m.  Beers  Sherman. 

381  to  388. 

135.  *Hezekiah  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1728,  d.  July 
19th,  1784  (see  p.  72),  son  of  24.  'Richard,  m.  Anne,  daughter  of  William  Pat- 
terson, May  14th,  1752.  Had  issue:  381.  'Anne,  b.  Mar.  6th,  1753.— 382.  'Wil- 
liam,  b.  July  24th,  1755,  m.  Margaretta  Gano,  no  issue,  d.  in  Kentucky,  in  1830 
(see  p.  85). — 383  'Asa,  b.  Jan.  9th,  1757,  m.  Mary  (or  Miriam),  and  was  drowned 
in  the  Hudson  river,  July  5th,  1801.  See  Records  too  late  for  classification. 
—384.  'Ezra,  lost  at  sea  in  Jan.  1805.-385.  'Aaron,  b.  1761,  d.  Oct.  13th,  1848.— 
386.  'Parthenia,  m.  Thomas  Hubbell— 387 ,  'Hozekiah.— 388.  'Charity. 


254  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUBBELL  FAMILY. 

389  to  392. 

139.  *  Walter  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield,  Fairfield  Co..  Colony  of  Conn.,  b.  173G  (see 
p.  77),  rton  of  24.  'Richard,  m.  Ruth.  Had  issue :  389.  *Josiah. — 390.  *Joel,  who  m. 
271.  'Charity  Hubbell.— 391.  'Walter.— 392.  'David,  d.  1777,  buried  in  the  ancient 
Stratfield  burning  ground,  Bridgeport,  Conn. 

393  to  398. 

140.  *Richard  Hubbell,  of  Newfield  (Bridgeport),  Conn.,  b.  1712,  d.  July 
16th,  1829,  in  New  York  City  (see  p.  81),  son  of  24.  'Richard,  m.  Roxanna 
Burritt,  sister  of  Elijah  Burritt,  she  was  b.  in  1745,  d.  Dec.  28th,  1805.  Had 
issue:  393.  'Richard,  lost  at  sea,  in  1811.— 394.  'Philo,  bapt.  April,  1770,  d.  1798, 
in  New  York.— 395.  'Eli.  396.  'Pamela,  m.  Captain  Robert  William  Wetmore. 
—397.  'Polly,  m.  Asa  Hurd,  of  Old  Mill  Hill,  Stratford,  Conn.— 398.  'Penelope, 
d.  Feb.  2l8t,  1864,  aged  92  years. 

399  to  405. 

141.  *Amo8  Hubbell,  of  Newfield  (Bridgeport),  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1746,  d. 
July  2d,  1801,  in  Bridgeport,  Conn,  (see  p.  81),  son  of  24.  'Richard,  m.  Ist,  Catharine 
Wilson,*  Jan.  4th,  1770,  she  was  b.  Feb.  6th,  1751,  d.  Jan. 4th,  1776.  Had  issue :  399. 
'Amos,  b.  Oct.  2d,  1770,  d.  Sept.  lOth,  1777.— 400.  'Wilson,  h.  April  7th,  1773,  d. 
April  5th,  1799. — iOl.  Catharine,  b.  Dec.  27th,  1775,  m.  512.  'Ezekicl  Hubbell, 
on  Jan.  17th,  1796.  M.  2d,  487.  'Eleanor  Hubbell,  on  Dec.  17th,  1776  (she  was 
b.  June  3d,  1755,  d.  Feb.  11th,  1833).  Had  issue :  402.  'Amos,  b.  May  12th,  1780, 
d.  Oct.  15th,  1798,  of  yellow  fever,  in  Havanna,  Cuba,  is  buried  there  in  a  church 
yard. — 403.  'Eleanor,  b.  June  12ih,  17«4,  d.  Mar.  22d,  1786. — 404.  'Anson, 
b.  Feb.  8th,  1787,  d.  Sept.  10th,  1819.— 405.  'Charles  Benjamin,  b.  Mar.  20th 
1789. 

406  to  415. 

143.  *Elcazer  Hubbell,  of  Jericho,  Chittenden  Co.,  Vt.,  b.  1739,  d.  April  14th, 
1810,  in  Jericho,  Vt.,  son  of  26.  'Eleazer,  m.  Anna  Noble,  Jan.  30th,  1765,  she 
was  b.  July  27th,  1749,  in  New  Fairfield,  Conn.,  d.  June  8th,  1818.  Had  issue  : 
406.  'Abigail,  b.  Aug.  6th,  1766,  m.  Pownal  Deming,  of  Wethersfield,  Conn.,  in 
Feb.,  1784. — 407.  'Lyman,  b.  Sept.  9th,  1768,  in  New  Fairfield,  Conn.,  d.  Feb. 
19th,  1859.— 408.  'Mary,  b.  June  12th,  1770,  m.  1st,  Hubbard  Barlow,  on  Jan.  10th, 
1788,  m.  2d,  Bushnell  B.  Downs,  m.  3d,  Colonel  Joshua  Danforth,  of  Pittsfield, 
Berkshire  Co.,  Mass.,  Feb.  11th,  1823.  She  d.  in  Shelby,  N.  Y.,  on  July  4th. 
1850,  no  children.— 409.  'Mercy,  b.  Mar.  20th,  1772,  d.  Nov.  23d,  1772.-410. 
'Mercy,  b.  Nov.  3d,  1773,  m.  James  Addison  Potter,  in  Dec,  1790. — 111.  'Anna, 
b.  June,  1776,  m.  William  Cicero  Potter,  July  20th,  1794.— 412.  'Lucrctia,  b. 
Mar.  5th,  1779,  d.  Oct.  28th,  1796,  in  Pittsford  (Yt.,  ?).— 413.  'Kleazer  Burr,  b 
Sept.  3(1,  1781,  m.  Ruth  Brown,  d.  in  Washington,  Ohio,  in  1819. — 114.  'l^rastus 
Doming,  b.  Nov.  30ih,  17S4. — 115.  'Laura  Abby,  b.  July  4th,  1793,  m.  Joseph 
Waierman,  of  Johnstown,  Vt.,  and  d.  Mar  31,  1858. 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION.  255 

416. 

144.  *Denni8  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1743,  in  New  Fairfield, 
Coniv,  son  of  26.  'Eleazer,  m.  Katharine.    Had  issue :  416.  'Amos  (?). 

{417.) 

147.  ^Nathaniel  Hubbell,  of  Cape  May  Co.,  N.  J.,  d.  in  1802,  son  of  27.  'Na- 
thaniel,  probably  m.  Dorcas,  May  Ist,  1799.  **  Nathaniel  Hubbell  was  married  to 
Dorcas,  on  May  Ist,  1799,  by  Parmenas  Corson,  Justice  of  the  Peace."  Recorded 
in  Book  A,  Marriages,  p.  17,  County  Clerk's  office.  Cape  May  Court  House,  N.  J. 
I  fail  to  find  record  of  issue  from  this  marriage,  and  am  not  positive  that  the 
Nathaniel  Hubbell  who  married  Dorcas,  as  above  recorded,  was  the  son  of  "  27. 
'Nathaniel."  It  is  possible  that  he  was  the  grandson  of  "  27.  'Nathaniel,"  and 
son  of  147.  *Nathaniel  or  148.  *Astt.  Letters  of  Administration  were  granted 
Feb.  3d,  1802,  to  Nathaniel  Holmes,  on  the  estate  of  Nathaniel  Hubbell,  late 
of  Cape  May  Co.,  N.  J.  (See  Record  in  Secretary  of  State's  Office,  Trenton, 
N.J.) 

417  to  423. 

148.  *Asa  Hubbell,*  of  Woodbridge  Township,  Middlesex  Co.,  N.  J.,  d.  1783, 
son  of  27.  'Nathaniel,  m.  Anna  Bloomfield.  Had  issue:  417.  ^Nathaniel  (a  sea 
captain).— 418.  'Robert.— 419.  'Hczekiah.— 420.  'Asa.-421.  'Hester,  m.  Williams, 
and  lived  near  Cincinnati,  Ohio. — 422.  'Mary. — 423.  'Thomas  (?). 

424  to  427. 

157.  *Daniel  Hubbell,  of  Stratfield  (Parish),  Fairfield,  Conn.,  b.  1724,  d. 
Mar.  4th,  1801,  son  of  33.  'Daniel,  m.  Sarah  Gregory,  Dec.  28th,  1749,  she  was  b. 
1728,  d.  April  4th,  1801.  Had  issue:  424.  'Daniel,  bapt.  Nov.  25th,  1750,  m. 
Anne,  d.  Jan.  12th,  1778  (see  p.  83). — 425.  'Onesimus,  bapt.  Nov.  16th,  1755,  d 
Sept.  11th,  1824.— 426.  'Rebecca,  b.  1757,  d.  May  8th,  1796.— 427.  'Thaddeus. 

428. 

159.  *Abel  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1728,  d.  Jan.  6th,  1832,  aged  103 
yrs.  6  mos.  26  dys.,  son  of  33.  'Daniel,  m.  Ist,  Martha.  Had  issue:  428.  'Eunice, 
bapt.  Nov.  12th,  1750.  M.  2d,  Sarrah,  who  d.  1842,  aged  81  yrs.- He  was  "  born, 
bred,  lived,  and  died  "  in  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  The  date  of  his  death  is  from  a 
Bible  in  the  possession  of  Mra.  Ezra  Stevens,  of  New  Fairfield,  Conn.,  and  can 
also  be  seen  on  his  gravestone  in  the  ancient  Stratfield  burying-ground,  Bridge- 
port, Conn. 

42^  to  436. 

162.  *Samnel  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1718,  d.  Sept.  4th, 
1757,  son  of  35.  'Ephniira.  m.  Abigail,  who  was  bapt.  Oct.  4th,  1741,  d.  in  1782. 


*  Letters  of  Administration  wen;  granted  to  Henry  Marsh,  May  14tb,  1783,  on  the  estate  of  Asa  HiiMh'II,  late 
of  the  County  of  Middlesex,  New  Jersey.    See  Record  in  Secretary  of  State's  Office,  Trenton,  New  Jersey. 


256  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

Had  issue:  429.  'Isaac,  bapt.  Oct.  4th,  1741.— 430.  '^Mary,  bapt.  Oct.  4th,  1741.— 
431.  nVilliam,  bapt.  July,  1743.— 432.  'Grace,  bapt.  Mar.  24th,  1745.— 433. 
^Samuel,  bapt.  June  10th,  1750.  Probably  was  committed  to  the  Old  Mill  Prison, 
England,  from  the  brig  **  Lexington,"  which  was  taken  on  Sept.  19th,  1777,  and 
the  crew  committed  to  prison  the  same  year.  He  did  not  escape  with  his  ship- 
mates, and  probably  died  a  prisoner. — 434.  'Elizabeth,  bapt.  Oct.  12th,  1752.— 
435.  'Grizzel,  bapt.  July  7th,  1754.— 436.  'Abigail,  bapt.  Dec.  12th,  1756. 


4311  and  437a. 

163.  *Jehiel  Hubbell,  of  Greenwich,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1719,  aon  of  35. 
'Rphraim,  m.  Elizabeth  Socket  t,  granddaughter  of  Eev.  Richard  Socket t,  of  Green- 
wich, Conn.  Had  issue:  437.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.,  1747,  in  Stratfield  (Parish), 
Faii"field,  Conn. — 437a.  'Mary  (?),  m.  James  Knapp.  See  Records  too  late  for 
cl  assification. 

438  to  444. 

168.  *Jedediah  Hubbell,  of  Newburgh,  Cuyahoga  Co.,  Ohio,  b.  1731,  in  Fair- 
field, Conn.,  d.  June  11th,  1813,  in  Cleveland,  Ohio,  son  of  35.  *Ephraim,  m.,  by  Rev. 
Cyrus  Marsh,  to  Lucy  ^oble,  Dec.  25th,  1754,  she  died  May  26th,  1813.  Had 
issue:  438.  'Annis,  b.  Jan.  31st,  1758.— 439.  'Samuel,  b.  Aug.  12th,  1760.— 440. 
'Sarah,  b.  July  14th,  1762.-141.  'Abigail,  b.  June  26th,  1764.— 442,  'Ephraim, 
b.  April  27th,  1767.— 443.  'Lucy,  b.  Mar.  19tli,  177u,  d.  Mar.  19th,  1779.— 444. 
'Jcdediah,  b.  Dec.  3d,  1773,  all  born  in  Litchfield  Co.,  Conn.  Jedediah  HubbeU 
and  famil}'  moved  from  Kent,  Conn.,  to  Moncton,  Vt.,  and  in  1811,  with  his  sons 
Ephraim  and  Jedediah,  to  Newburgh,  Ohio  (now,  1881,  Cleveland). 

44S  to  453. 

170.  *Abijah  Hubbell,  of  Kent,  Litchfield  Co.,Conn.,b.  1739,d.Nov.  19th,  1819, 
son  of  35.  *Ephraim,  m.  Fear  Sturdevant,  Feb.  4th,  1768,  she  was  b.  Dec.  17th,  1745. 
Had  issue:  445.  'Alice,  b.  Mar.  30th,  1769.— 446.  'Dennis,  b.  Feb.  25th,  1772.— 
447.  'Bradley,  b.  Oct.  28th,  1774.— 448.  'Cushman,  b.  Jan.  24th,  1778.— 449. 
'Abigail,  b.  Jan.  31st,  1780.— 450.  'Mareia(or  Nancy),  b.  Mar.  22d,  1782.— 451. 
'Ephraim,  b.  Nov.  29th,  1784.— 452.  'Abijah,  b.  Aug.  27th,  1786.— 453.  'Lucy,  b. 
May  20th,  1789. 

4S4  to  464. 

171.  *Nehemiah  Hubbell,  of  Weston,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1722,  (d.  before 
his  father),  son  of  36.  'Stephen,  m.  Hannah  Treadwell.  Had  issue:  454, 
'Stephen,  b.  1745.— 455.  'Nathaniel,  b.  1747,  m.  Sarah  Burton.— 456.  'Abigail, 
bapt.  Oct.  7th,  1750,  m.  Stephen  Tyrrell. — 457.  'Hannah.— 458.  'David,  b.  1752. 
459.  'Isaac,  b.  1755,  was  captured  by  the  Indians,  d.  May  5th,  1842. — 460. 
'Huldnh,  b.  1757. — 461.  'Kebecea,  bapt.  May  11th,  1755,  ra.  Ebenezer  Fenton.— 
4t>2.  ^Billy,  b.  1759.— 463.  'Nehemiah,  b.  April  7th,  1764.— 464.  'Kacbel,  m. 
Enoch  Jennings. 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION.  257 

465  to  468. 

172.  *Jabez  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  son  of  36.  'Stephen, 
m.  Ist,  Sarah  Seeley,  June  28tb,  1750,  she  was  born  in  1732,  d.  Jan.  12th,  1754. 
M.  2d,  Sarah.  Had  issue:  465.  ^Clarissa,  b.  April  2l8t,  1767,  m.  Felix  Bene- 
dict, d.  July  9th,  1848.— 466.  *Abiah,  bapt.  May  20th,  1770.— 467.  *Sarah,  d. 
Juno  27th,  1770.  (Perhaps  this  daughter  was  by  his  first  wife,  Sarah  Seeley.) 
M.  3d,  Abigail  Gray,  Dec.  28th,  1775,  and  had  issue. — 468.  ^Abigail,  bapt.  Nov. 
5th,  1777. 

469  to  476. 

173.  *Gershom  Hubbell,*  of  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  See  "Abstracts  from 
Colonial  Records  of  Conn.,"  in  Appendix.  Son  of  36.  'Stephen,  m.  and  had  issue  ; 
469.  *Lois,  bapt.  April  24th,  1754.— 470.  ^Benjamin.— 471.  *Ezbon,  b.  1757,  d.  1820. 
—472.  *Eno8.— 473.  *Bphraim.— 474.  'Abigail.— 475.  'Richard,  b.  July  4th,  1766. 
—476.  'Gershom,  b.  July  4th,  1766. 

477  to  486. 

181.  *Thaddeu8  Hubbell,  of  Nor  walk,  Wilton  Parish,  Faii-field  Co.,  Conn., 
b.  1725,  d.  Apr.  8th,  1806,  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m.  Ruth  Betts,  Dec.  25th,  1753,  she 
wash,  in  1738,  d.  May  16th,  1773.  Had  issue:  477.  'Salmon,  bapt.  Dec.  22d, 
1754.— 478.  'Zadok,  bapt.  Dec.  12th,  1756,  d.  Feb.  Ist,  1813.— 479.  'Nathan.— 
480.  'Seth,  bapt.  Oct.  7th,  1759,  m.  1st,  Elizabeth  Guise,  Aug.  27th,  1779,  settled 
in  Wolcott,  Vt.  She  d.  1805,  aged  45  yrs.,  ra.  2d,  Salome  Bennett,  b.  in  Wilton 
Parish,  Conn.,  Feb.  17th,  1780,  d.  Apr.  3d,  1872,  aged  92  yrs.,  he  d.  in  1832.  A 
narrative  of  his  sufferings  was  published  in  Danville,  Vt.,  in  1829. — 481.  'Isaac, 
bapt.  Oct.   3d,   1762.— 482.  'Ezekiel,   d.  without  issue.— 483.  'Glorianna,   bapt. 

Feb.  16th,   1766.— 484.  'Thaddeus,   b.  May  4th,   1768,   d.   Oct.  3d,  1837 485. 

*EIisha.    M.  2d,  Mrs.  Phebe  Squire,  Nov.  24th,  1774.     Had  issue :  486.  'Sears, 
bapt.  Sept.  7th,  1777. 

487  to  492. 

182.  ^Nathan  Hubbell,  of  Norwalk,  Wilton  Parish,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b. 
1727.  d.  1801  (see  p.  71),  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m.  Ann  Wakeman,  Aug.  2d,  1753. 
Had  issue :  487.  'Eleanor,  b.  June  3d,  1755,  bapt.  June  15th,  1755,  m.  141.  ♦Amos 
Hubbell.— 488.  ^arah,  b.  May  24th,  1757,  bapt.  July  3d,  1757,  m.  Ezra  Gregory. 
—489.  'Wakeman,  b.  June  23d,  1762,  bapt.  July  18th,  1762,  m.  Naomi.  lived  in 
Stratford,  Conn.,  and  d.  in  1797. — 490.  'Nathan,  b.  Aug.  2d,  1764,  bapt.  Aug.  5th, 
1764.— 491.  'Stephen,  b.  Sept.  6th,  1766.— 492.  'Ann,  b.  July  17th,  1770,  bapt. 
July  26th,  1770,  m.  Jehiol  Keeler. 

*  It  ia  a  tradiUon  amoog  the  deacendanta  of  Richard  and  Genhom  Hubbell  (twins),  born  July  4th,  1766,  that 
their  father's  name  was  Benjamin,  and  that  he  was  a  sea  captain  during  the  ReroluUonary  War;  was  captur«d  by 
the  British,  and  died  of  starration  while  confined  in  the  old  "  Sugar  House,"  or  "  Old  Mill,"  prison,  in  or  uear  New 
York  City.  As  no  record  of  a  Bei^Jamln  Hubbell  who  had  sons  named  Richard  and  Gershom  can  be  found,  I  think 
I  am  Justified  In  placing  them  as  the  sons  of  Captain  Gershom  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield  County,  Connecticut,  because  he 
left  minor  sons  called  Richard  and  Gershom  Hubbell,  for  whom  a  guardian  was  appointed.  A  record  of  this  ap- 
pointment is  on  file  in  the  Probate  Court,  at  Danbury,  Connecticut. 

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258  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

403  to  306. 

183.  *Gerehom  Hubbell,  of  Greenfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Cono.,  b.  1729,  d.  Apr. 
14tb,  1802  r?).  See  p.  73,  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m.  1st,  Mary  Bradley,  May  2d,  1754, 
she  was  b.  June  2l8t,  1733,  d.  Feb.  23d,  1756  (?).  Had  issue :  493.  *Mary,  b.  July 
10th,  1755,  d.  Dec.  27th,  1755,  M.  2d,  Sarah  Wakeman,  Nov.  12th,  1756,  who  d. 
Jan.  18th,  1769  (?).  Had  issue:  494.  *Mary,  b.  Aug.  15th,  1757,  m.  478.  *Zad<* 
Hubbell.— 495.  ^Elizabeth,  b.  Mar.  lOlh,  1759.— 496.  *Abijah,  b.  Feb.  27th,  1761. 
—497.  *Ger8hom,  b.  Mar.  17th,  1763,  d.  Jan.  3d,  1782.— 498.  *Sarab,  b.  Apr.  11th, 
1765,  m.  Kellogf5,  and  d.  Feb.  26th,  1815.— 499. » Walter,  b.  Aug.  18th,  1767.  M.3d, 
Sarah  St.  John,  of  Norwalk,  Conn.,  Nov.  30th,  1769,  she  was  b.  Apr.  15th, 
1746,  d.  Apr.  7th,  1842  (?).  Had  issue:  500.  •Moses,  b.  Jan.  25th,  1771,  d.  Oct. 
26th,  1851.— 501.  'Priscilla,  b.  Jan.  22d,  1773,  d.  May  2d,  1868  (?).— 502.  •Wil- 
liam, b.  Dec.  Ist,  1775,  d.  Nov.  27th,  1805  (?).— 503.  •Uriah,  b.  May  3d,  1778,  m. 
Mabel  Hull  (?),  who  d.  Feb.  17th,  1847,  aged  70  yrs.— 504.  Susannah,  b  Nov. 
15th,  1780,  d.  Sept.  13th,  1783.-505.  •Gershom,  b.  Jan.  13th,  1783,  d.  Feb.  1783. 
—506.  'Abraham,  b.  Mar.  27th,  1786. 

507  to  514. 

186.  *Jobn  Hubbell,*  of  Greenfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1734,  d.  Mar. 
10th,  1810,  in  Southeast,  Putnam  Co.,  N.  Y.  See  p.  77,  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m. 
Eleanor,  daughter  of  Timothy  Burr  and  Sarah  Rowland,  his  wife,  Mar.  30th, 
1758,  she  was  b.  in  1737,  d.  May  20th,  1772.  Had  issue:  507.  »John,  bapt.  1758, 
d.  young.— 508.  •Rachel,  bapt.  Apr.  13th,  1760,  m.Dr.  Hosea  Hurlbert,  of  Green- 
field, Conn.,  who  d.  Apr.  5th,  1825,  aged  80  yrs.,  she  d.  in  Feb.,  1819,  in  Green- 
field, Conn. — 509.  •Eleanor,  b.  Apr.  11th,  1762,  m.  Captain  Joseph  Buckley,  of 
Greenfield,  Conn.  (?),  June  2d,  1779,  and  d.  in  Poughkeepsie,  N  Y.,  Feb.,  1819 
(on  the  same  day  her  sister  Rachel  died.) — 510.  •Esther,  b.  Aug.  18th,  1764,  m. 
Wakeman  Lyon,  of  Greenfield,  Conn.,  d.  Juno  5th,  1851. — 511.  •Hannah,  b.  Aug. 
13th,  1766,  m.  Isaac  Wilson,  of  Fairfield,  Conn.,  d.  May  4th,  1847.— 512.  »Ezekiel, 
b.  Apr.  5th,  1768,  m.  401.  'Catharine  Hubbell.— 513.  'Jonathan,  b.  May  15th, 
1772.— 514.  •Pamela,  b.  May  15th,  1772,  m.400.  'Wilson  Hubbell. 

513  to  522. 

190.  ♦Peter  Hubbell,  of  NorwaIk,WiIton  Parish,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn  ,  b.  1743, 
(1. 1826,  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m.  8arab,  daughter  of  Robert  Stuart,  of  Wilton,  Conn., 
Jan.  7lh,  1764.  Had  issue:  515.^  Matthias.— 516.  •Olive.— 517  •Betty,  d.  young, 
—518.  'James.- 519.  'Sarah.— 520.  'Peter,  b.  May  19th,  1772.— 521.  'Molly, 
bapt.  Sept.  Gth,  1796,  d.  Jan.  22d,  1848.-522.  'Betty,  bapt.  June  Ist,  1777. 

523  to  526. 

191.  *Abraham  Hubbell,  of  Norwalk,  Wilton  Parish,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b. 
1744,  d.'May  5th,  1783,  in  Boston,  Mass.,  of  smallpox,  son  of  56.  'Nathan,  m.  1st 


*  John  Ilubbcll  married  a  second  wiFe  and  lired  with  her  in  Siiutbeast,  PutDtm  Countj,  New  York,  where  l»e 
diid. 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION.  259 

Sarah  Wakeman,  Oct.  25th,  1768,  she  was  b.  Feb.  6th,  1748,  in  Fairfield,  Conn., 
d.  Apr.  23d,  1772.  Had  issue:  523.  *Eunice,  b.  July  23d,  1769,  in  Wilton,  Conn., 
d.  Sept.  5th,  1769.-523^.  "^Eunice,  b.  Sept.  30th,  1770.  in  Wilton,  Conn.,  m.  Dan- 
iel Young  and  lived  in  Bridgeport,  Conn.  M.  2d,  Eunice  Sterling,  July  17th, 
1776,  she  was  b.  in  Stratford,  Conn.,  Aug.  1st,  1751,  d.  Sept.  5th,  1794.  Had 
issue:  524.  ^Salmon,  b.  June  8th,  1777,  in  Stratford, Conn.,  d.  Jan.,  1779. — 524fl. 
•Isaac,  b.  Oct,  18th,  1778,  in  Stratford,  Conn.,  d.  at  sea  May  5th,  1795,  on  his 
passage  home  from  the  Bast  Indies. — 525.  'Sarah,  b.  Sept.  9th,  1780,  in  Strat- 
ford, Conn.,  d.  Oct.  30th,  1799.— 526.  *Levi,  b.  Sept.  18th,  1782,  in  Stratford, 
Conn. 

527  to  531. 

195.  ^Joseph  Bradley*  of  Berne.  Albany  Co.,  N.  Y.,  b.  1746,  d.  1828,  son  of 
59.  *01ive,  m.  Martha,  daughter  of  Eiias  Bates,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn., 
she  was  b.  1749,  and  d.  in  1836.  Had  issue :  527.  *Isaac,  b.  1769. — 528.  'Joseph, 
b.  1771.— 529.  'Daniel,  b.  1773.-530.  'Thankful,  b.  1775,  m.  Sherwood  Fanton, 
of  Danbury,  Conn. — 531.  'Sarah,  b.  1777,  m.  Daniel  Holmes,  of  Danbury, 
Conn. 

532  to  535. 

199.  *Aaron  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1741,  son  of  60. 
'David  (?),  m.  Marj'^,  and  had  issue:  532.  'Mary,  bapt.  Nov.  17th,  1768,  probably 
died  in  infancy. — 533.  'Mary,  bapt.  Aug.  19th,  1775. — 534.  'Martha,  bapt.  Aug. 
27th,  1775.— 635.  'David,  bapt.  Aug.  27  1775. 

536  to  640. 

200.  *Ebenezer  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.  (Was  a  Captain.) 
b.  1744,  son  of  60.  *David,  m.  Lydia,  daughter  of  Solomon  and  Deborah  Couch, 
of  Green's  Farms,  Conn.  Had  issue :  536.  'Ebenezcr,  bapt.  Mar.  27th,  1768. — 
537.  'Jabez,  bapt.  Mar.  25th,  1770.-538.  'Lydia,  bapt.  May  16th,  1773.-539 
•Isaac  Couch,  bapt.  June  25th,  1775. — 540.  'Aaron,  bapt.  Oct.  25th,  1778. 
Copied  for  this  work  from  Records  of  "  Christ  Church,"  Fairfiela,  Conn.,  by 
Mrs.  Elizabeth  Hubbell  Schneck,  of  Southport,  Conn. 

541  to  645. 

201.  *David  Hubbell,T  of  Greenfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1748  (see  p.  82), 
son  of  60.  »David,  m.  Sarah  Perry,  of  Greenfield,  Conn.,  Feb.  28th,  1773. 
Had  issue:   541.  'Sarah,  bapt.   May  22d,  1775,  d.  young. — 542.    'David,  bapt. 


*  In  1791  Joseph  Bradlej  and  his  wifti  Martha  emigrated  from  Fairfield,  Connecticut,  to  Berne,  Alhan  j  Countj, 
New  York,  where  he  died  In  1828.  When  the  British  burnt  the  town  of  Fairfield,  in  1790,  Mrs.  Martha  Bradley, 
with  her  younger  children,  was  intercepted  In  her  effort  to  escape  from  the  town,  but  was  protected  from  Insult  by 
a  guard  stationed  with  her  for  that  purpose.    Her  husband  at  the  time  was  in  the  Continental  Army. 

t  Copied  for  this  work  by  Mrs.  Elieabeth  Hubbell  Schenck,  of  Southport,  Connecticut,  from  "(ireenfield 
Charch  B«cords.'* 


26o  HISTORY  OF  THE  HUB  BELL  FAMILY. 

June  28th,  1778,  d.  young.— 543.  *Sjirah,  bapt.  June  24th,  1781. — 544,  ^Samuel, 
bapt;  Oct.  5th,  1782,  d.  young.— 544.  ^Harriett,  m.  William  Hojt,  of  Black 
Rock,  Dec.  22d,  1814. 

54fi  and  547. 

202.  *Jabez  Hubbell,  of  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn,  (see  p.  80.X  b.  1753 
d.  1817,  son  of  60.  'David,  m.  Rhoda  Osborn,  Juno  24th,  1779.  Had  issue: 
546.  *Sarah,  bapt.  Jan  28th,  1781.— 547.  'James,  bapt.  Nov.  3d,  1782. 

548  to  555. 

203.  *Samuel  Hilbbell,  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1754,  d.  June  23d 
1813,  son  of  61.  'Samuel,  m.  Mary  Beardslee,  Jan.  i5th,  1777,  she  was  b.  May  let' 
1759,  d.  July  28th,  1847.  Had  issue:  548.  *William,  b.  Sept.  15th,  1778,  m.  Mrs! 
Desire  Sigley,  and  d.  in  Oct.,  1809,  in  Charleston,  S.  C,  no  issue. — 549.  ^Mary  b. 
Mar.  17th,  1779,  m.  Elijah  Blackman,  d.  Nov.  22d,  1809.  See  Records  too  late 
for  classification. — 550.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Oct.  11th,  1781. — 551.  'Samuel,  b.  April 
17th,  1784,  is  buried  in  Pembroke  Cemetery,  Bridgeport,  Conn. — 552.  ^fiethia 

b.  July  11th,  1787,  m.  Ist,  646.  'Lemuel  Hubbell,  and  second,  Ezra  Gregory. 553,* 

'Abraham,  b.  1790.— 554.  'Julia,  b.  1792,  d.  unmarried,  Oct.  30th,  1871,  aged 
78  years  and  9  months. — 555.  *Su8an,*  b.  1798,  d.  unmarried.  Mar.  30th  1874 
aged  75  years  and  6  months. 

556  to  560. 

224.  *Parnach  Hubbell,  of  New  Fairfield,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1730   d 

1819,  son  of  76.  'Andrew,  m.  Lydia.     Had  issue:  556.  *Gideon,  b.    1761. 5*57. 

*Kzra.— 558.  *Noah.— 559.  *EIijah.— 560.  *Sarah,  m.  Elijah  Beardsley. 

561  to  565. 

231.  *Matthcw  Hubbell,  of  Easton  (then  Huntington),  Fairfield  Co.  Conn. 
(He  and  his  wife  are  buried  in  the  old  graveyard  near  the  railroad),  b.  1745,  d.  April 
12th,  1812,  son  of  76.  'Andrew,  m.  Abigail  Burton,  she  was  b.  1758,  d.  Feb.  20th 
1812.  Had  issue :  561.  ^Gideon  Summers,  b.  July  3d,  1768,  d.  in  Bloomfield,  Ohio.— 
562.  ^Andrew  Read.— 563.  *David  Burton,f  ni.  Rebecca  Sherman,  d.  Nov.  9th 
1825,  in  his  48th  year.— 564.  *Ruth,  m.  Winton,  d.  Dec.  5th,  1812,  in  her  34th 
year. — 565.  ^Hannah,  m.  Lyon,  and  d.  July  5th,  1846. 

566  to  569. 

235.  *Elnathan  Hubbell,  of  Bennington,  Bennington  Co.,  Vt.,  b.  1742  son 
of  79.  'Elnathan,  m.  Isabella  Breckenridge,  she  was  b.  Nov.  3d,  1749,  in  Colrain 

*  In  her  Will  dated  September  17th,  1872,  Susan  Hubbell,  of  Stratford,  CoDnecticut,  left  land  and  orer  llS/KM) 
as  a  fund  to  found  a  hospital,  to  be  establisht^d  and  incorporated  for  the  use  of  the  people  of  Bridgeport  Coooecti- 
cut,  and  adjacent  towns.  She  also  bequeathed  SIOOO  to  the  Summerfield  Methodist  Church,  and  rarious  sunit  to  her 
relatives. 

t  David  Burton  Hubbell  and  wifo  arc  burled  in  Tashun  District,  Town  of  Trumbull,  Fairfield  Couoty  0»d- 
niTticnt. 


ISSUE  OF  FOURTH  GENERATION.  261 

Franklin  Co.,  Mass.,  probably  d.   Dec.  4th,  1809.     Haid  issue:  566.  'James,  b. 
Oct.  17tb,  1775.— 567.  ^Bildad,  b.  Mar.  26th,  1778,  d.  unmarried,  in  Ohio,  in  1820. 

568.  'Elnathan,*  b.  July  20th,  1783,  was  a  physician,  d.  in  Brockville,  Ontario. — 

569.  *Beulah,  b.  Nov.  3d,  1785. 

S70  to  5S0. 

• 
240.  *Aaron  Hubbell,  of  Bennington,  Bennington  Co.,  Vt.,  b.  1757,  d.  Dee. 

26th,  1844.     See  p.  92.     Son  of  79.  'Elnathan,  m.  Ist,  Sarah,  daughter  of  Captain 

Elijah  Dewey  and  granddaughter,  of  Rev.  Mr.  Dewe3%  on  June  27tli,  1782,  she 

was  b.  in  1767,  rf.  April  18th,  1797.     Had  issue:  570.  *Sarah,  b.  June  20th,  1783. 

—571.  'Elizabeth,  b.  Feb.  24th,  1785.     572.  'Laura,  b.  Mar.  18th,   1787.— 573. 

'Elijah    Dewey,    b.    May  18th,  1790.-574.   'xMaria,  b.    Oct.    27th,  1792.-575. 

'Harriet,   b.   May   26tb,   1795,  d.  Aug.   14th,   1797.— M.   2d,   I.ucinda  Moody, 

Mar.  Uth,  1798.     (She  was  b.  in  Woodbury,  Conn.,  Jan.  15th,  1770,  moved  from 

Farmington,  Conn.,  to  Bennington,  Vt.,  in  1797).     Had  issue:  576.  'Harriet,  b. 

Dec.  12th,  1798.-577.  'Adelia,  b.  Nov.  25th,  1800.-578.  'Caroline,  b.  Feb.  21st, 

1803,  m.  Rev.  Hollis  Read.— 579.  'Catharine  Moody,  b.  Feb.  11th,  1806,  m. 

Richard  Smith,  Nov.  Ist,  L836,  no  issue.     He  died  Dec.  21st,  1878.     She  lived 

in   Sharon,  Conn.,  in   1880.-580.  'Aaron   Lewis,   b.   April   29th,   1811.    Mrs. 

Lucinda  (Moody)  Hubbell  died  in  Sharon,  Conn.,  Oct.  3d,  1864,  and  is  buried  in 

Bennington,  Vt. 

581  to  588. 

242.  *Lemuel  Hubbell,tof  Burlington,  Otsego  Co.,  N.Y.,b.  1755,  d.  April  11th, 
1845,  son  of  79.  'Elnathan,  m.  Rebecca,  daughter  of  Nathan  Clark,  President  of 
the  first  Committee  of  Safety,  in  Bennington,  Vt.,  she  was  bom  Aug.  3d,  1754. 
d.  Feb.  13th,  1837.  Had  issue:  581.  'Rebecca,  b.  Aug.  26th,  1777,  m.  Uriah 
Chapin,  d.  June  18th,  1825.-582.  'Lemuel,  b.  May  19th,  1779.— 583.  'Anna,  b. 
May  21st,  1781,  d.  Aug.  2d,  1782.— 584.  'Anna,  b.  June  29th,  1783,  m.  Gad  Chapin, 
d.  Jan.  11th,  1865.— 585.  'Mehitabel,  b.  Jan.  23d,  1786,  d.  Nov.  19th,  1827.-586. 
Elijah,  b.  Mar.  1st,  1788.-587.  'Betsey,  b.  Feb.  4th,  1792,  m.  Colonel  W.  G. 
Parker,  June  1st,  1843,  no  issue,  and  d.  Mar.  16th,  1875. — 588.  'Hiram,  b.  Jan. 
20th,  1795,  d.  Mar.  3l8t,  1853. 

589  to  591. 

245.  *Jobn  Hubbell,!  of  Stratford,  Fairfield  Co.,  Conn.,  b.  1745,  d.  Feb.  7th, 
1808,  aged  63  years  and  7  days,  son  of  82.  'Benjamin,  m.  Elizabeth,  daughter  of 
Joseph  and  Hannah  Brothwell,   she  was  b.  Feb.  2d,  1751,  d.  Mar.  13th,  1840. 


*  See  Records  receired  too  late  for  classification  io  Appendix. 

t  Lsmnel  Hubbell  mored